Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda denies rumor of his death, which popped up on Twitter, a popular social networking tool .

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Chito Miranda, vocalist of the popular pop-rock novelty band Parokya ni Edgar, is alive and well.

A Twitter entry dated September 22 claimed that the comic frontman known for his irreverent humor had passed away.

The Twitter account was registered under the username "juanadie." The post simply said without elaborating: "Chito Miranda, the vocalist of Parokya ni Edgar died today."

Wikipedia defines Twitter as "a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as 'tweets.' Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as 'followers.' Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access."

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sought Chito earlier today through veteran band manager, Richard Tan, to get his comment on the malicious rumor.

Richard—who handles the career of a handful of mainstream and underground bands like Kamikazee, Typecast, Moonstar 88, and Franco—replied to PEP at around three in the afternoon.

Chito's terse reaction, according to Tan: "Wala" and "Nakakatawa."

Formed in 1993, Parokya ni Edgar gained both popularity and notoriety in the '90s band explosion spearheaded by the Eraserheads. Some of the hit songs popularized by the band, to name a few, were "Buloy," "Maniwala Ka Sana," "Don't Touch My Birdie," "Harana," "Halaga," "Inuman Na," "Mr. Suave," "The Yes Yes Show," "This Guy's in Love with You, Pare," and "Papa Cologne."