So, no, then: as it became clear yesterday, Throb's death wasn't just a Twitter rumour.
The Primal's official statement, signed by Andrew Innes and Bobby Gillespie:
"We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young.The Independent has marked Young's passing by publishing a large, glorious photo. Of, erm, someone else. And then slaps on a caption that references someone else again.
"He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers.
"He was a true rock and roller. He had Heart & Soul tattooed on his arm and I'm sure on his heart too.
"He once said to me, 'When we go on stage it's a war between us and the audience'. He never let go of that attitude."
"Our love and thoughts are with his sons, Brandon and Miles, and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family."
In other poorly considered tributes, Liam Gallagher tweeted "Live Forever" which, while understanding the sentiment, seems a poor choice of words. Andy Bell, the one who was in Ride and some other bands, managed a better way of saying the same thing:
"That big power chord in Loaded is ringing out on the other side now."Robert Young was 49; his body was found Sunday in Hove. Sussex Police have said the death was not suspicious, but natural justice says it was way too soon.