'I'm not dead!' Fadel Shaker's ghost speaks out via Youtube
Fadel Shaker confirms existence with Youtube video
His music career may be in the grave but that doesn't mean Fadel Shaker is dead and buried.
Unfortunately a number of websites don't seem to know the difference, reporting that the retired Lebanese popstar had been murdered in Dir Zour. Shaker was so upset by the news circulating about his demise that he posted a video online to confirm there's life in the old dog yet.
Sure, he used to brilliant. Smooth as fresh mango juice, self-consciously two-stepping on stage in those suits, belting out anthem after anthem. True, his untimely decision to leave the giddying world of celebrity was selfish, depriving legions of fans of a hero. (What are they meant to gentle-sway to now?!?!) But declaring the man dead is just unnecessarily nasty.