Santa Fe resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy is alive, despite a rumor Tuesday morning on Twitter about his demise.

The untruth gained momentum after USA Today sent a “breaking tweet” saying McCarthy, 82, had died of a stroke. Within an hour, USA Today backtracked and said the information was wrong.

McCarthy is the author of "The Road," for which he won a Pulitzer, "No Country for Old Men" and "All the Pretty Horses," among other novels.

Publishing companies were quick to help squelch the rumor that he had died. Penguin Random House tweeted: “Cormac McCarthy is alive and well and still doesn’t care about Twitter.”

New York publisher Alfred A. Knopf tweeted shortly after 9 a.m. “Cormac McCarthy is alive and well.”

Apparently, the hoax wasn’t the first one. “He ignores all the nonsense about him on Twitter,” said John German, spokesman for the Santa Fe Institute, where McCarthy is a writer in residence.

Fans were happy. Jude Nagurney Camwell ‏tweeted to McCarthy: “I love ya, #CormacMcCarthy , and I’m happy as hell you ain’t dead.”

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