The trance world was plunged into shock this week after news stories appeared on numerous websites reporting that the Dutch DJ had died in a car crash in LA, after racing the car at 95mph in a 55mph zone.

“Witnesses have stated that Dj Tiesto's car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll,” said Global Associated News.

“Memorial services for DJ Tiesto have not yet been announced,” the press agency continued, “The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma.”

Tiesto in fact had been DJing in Ibiza when he was supposedly dying in an accident and Tweeted a message soon afterwards saying “It's nice to read that people care about my life. Thank you for all the support, It’s good to be alive and to get so much love from You.” (http://twitter.com/tiesto )

Subsequent web stories suggested the story was probably generated by hoax website FakeAWish.com, who similarly were suspected of being behind a similarly widely reported ‘Tiesto is dead’ story which appeared in 2006.

In more Tiesto news, Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am, chatted to the Wall Street Journal about the trance titan’s stupendous earning power, weeks after he reportedly hinted to the Los Angeles Times that Tiesto makes US$20million a year.

Comparing him to pop idol Rihanna he praised his authenticity and firm grasp on fame in today’s internet age, singling out his embrace of new media as one of the key factors behind his astonishing commercial success.

"Tiësto is not old-media machine dependent," Will.i.am explained

"So who's (more) financially secure solely off music? Tiësto by miles. See, there's being a celebrity, and there's being well known. I'm not a celebrity but everybody knows me,’ he boasted


Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://skrufff.com): Follow Jonty on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jontyskrufff

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