Piers Morgan had a bit of a shocker as a victim of a vile hoaxer who contacted his pals claiming he was dead.
The Good Morning Britain anchor has revealed that he had a frantic message from Holly Willoughby asking about his well-being after being asked to record a video for his obituary.
Thankfully it didn’t take much for him to set the record straight – but was annoyed by the cruel prank nonetheless.
Speaking in his Daily Mail column, Piers said: ‘Fortunately, my friends’ concern for my health marginally outweighed their natural craving to be on camera, or at least it did for the ones I know about.
‘“Are you OK?” asked a panicky Holly. “I’ve been asked to record an obit message about you?”
‘“It’s a fake,” I chuckled. “Out of interest, what would you have said in your tribute?”
‘“I’d have said you were a wonderfully beloved part of the ITV daytime family who will be sorely missed… and that I’m available to take over presenting Life Stories.”’
Hey, at least he was able to have a sense of humour about it all.
The sickening messages were also sent to a number of Piers’s colleagues, including GMB co-star Susanna Reid and Kevin Pietersen.
Claiming to be from ITN, they said they were making ‘advanced obituary videos’ should the worst happen.
Piers had previously tweeted about the hoax, warning them: ‘To the pranksters currently contacting all my famous friends asking them to tape a contribution to my obituary for ITN… maybe stop being annoying little d***heads?’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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