Claims that appeared online over the weekend suggesting rapper Lil Wayne had been shot were false, it has been reported.

A BBC News page said that the 24-year-old (real name Dwayne Carter) had been shot dead in the early hours of Sunday morning - but it was later confirmed as a hoax, with even gossip site Perez Hilton stating that the Louisiana rapper was alive and well, and planning the fourth album in his mega-successful 'Tha Carter' series.