Approximately five years ago, a book about a young boy having a near-death experience and thus meeting God became an international bestseller.

Entitled 'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven', it would sell hundreds of thousands of copies and become a hit with US audiences.

Turns out, it's all fake.

The young boy in question, Alex Malarkey (that's his real name), admitted that he made the whole thing up.

"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to," Alex admitted.

The book, which is published by Tynedale House, has since been pulled from stores and will not be printed again on foot of Alex's admission.

Alex suffered a car-crash in 2004 that left him paralysed and unable to breathe without a ventilator.

He's since received surgery that allows him to breathe on his own, however Alex no longer has the use of his legs.

Alex's story is not unlike Colton Burpo, who also claims he had a near-death experience that caused him to meet God.

Colton's story has since been adapted into a film entitled Heaven Is For Real, starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly.