An image purporting to be of Tupac and Rihanna went viral online alongside claims he would resurface later in the year.
Website stories and videos surfaced alleging the Harlem-born rapper was not gunned down on September 7, 1996, as officially reported, but was secretly living in Cuba.
Ever since his death there have been conspiracy theories suggesting he never actually died.
But this was the first claim he was about to return “from the dead”.
However, the image, of course turned out to be fake, and, now in the last breaths of 2016, we are still waiting for the big reveal.
The celebs back from the dead conspiracies continued in February with claims the late The Doors legend Jim Morrison was found living as an ageing homeless hippy in New York.
A video emerged online of “The Lizard King” now calling himself Richard reciting poetry, like the infamous The Doors frontman used to, singing, and doing his trademark dance with arms out wide.
Morrison died on July 3 1971 at the age of just 27.
Elvis, the fake image showing Tupac with Rihanna and Manfred Bajorat..
The wild man of rock, who would be 71 if he were still alive, was found in the bath of an apartment in Le Marais, Paris, France, and was said to have died of heart failure due to his drink and drug fuelled years in the limelight as one of America’s biggest bands.
But conspiracy theorists have long claimed, like many other celebrities whose lives were cut short, that he faked his own death and has been sighted since anywhere from the Bahamas to Paris and Oregon in the US.
A YouTube filmmaker, who calls himself Brokkenstar, has been keeping the conspiracy alive by filming the boozing and smoking doppleganger of an older Jim Morrison, who he said claims to have no idea who the dead rocker was.
In March a “ghost ship” was found 40 miles off the shore of the Philippines, with its perfectly mummified captain still sat in his seat.
German adventurer Manfred Fritz Bajorat was so well preserved it was initially thought he had been dead for seven years.
But tests later showed the salty sea air had petrified him in a matter of days.
German adventurer Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found mummified still sitting in his seat.
April saw video footage shared online of a mystery mushroom cloud filmed billowing from near the Area 51 US Air Force base.
Investigators trying to uncover details about what goes on inside the mysterious top-secret US military base Area 51 stumbled across what they believe was a massive fire at the secretive base.
Conspiracy theorists claim the base which is protected by armed guards is a site for testing alien technology recovered from alleged flying saucer crashes.
The couple, who posted the video to YouTube, were stunned by the huge plume of dark smoke that appeared to form a mushroom cloud when viewed from afar.
However, it was claimed it was just a scrub fire nearby and nothing to do with military operations.
May brought fears the sun was disintegrating after NASA revealed that a massive hole, measuring more than ten per cent of the Sun’s surface area, had opened up on our star.
Remarkable footage, showing the huge opening, was captured by the US space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory between May 17 and 19.
The video showed a giant dark area on the star’s upper half, known as a coronal hole.
But, NASA said the huge hole was actually not of great concern, but it remains unclear why the coronal holes actually form.
In June a US astrologer warned the first full moon at summer solstice in 70 years could spark madness and lunatic behaviour.
Timothy Halloran, who runs the Rasa Lila Healing YouTube astrology channel, filmed a chilling video in woods in Savannah, Georgia, which went viral after he claimed events around the Pagan-celebrated solstice may not be a calm and spiritual as people imagine.
June also saw another Elvis is alive video break out on YouTube, amid claims The King, now in his 80s was a groundsman at Graceland.
The bearded man later came forward to deny the bizarre claims.
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A former government emergency expert made a detailed death bed confession of how he was shown inside an alien flying saucer at the top-secret Area 51 military base, it was sensationally claimed in July.
Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of Defence, said an unnamed former Canadian Chief of Emergency Measures revealed the astonishing story just before his death from a neurological illness.
Mr Hellyer, 92, revealed the claim to a panel of the world’s top UFO and alien investigators and experts.
Speaking at the “Hearing on ET Disclosure” in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Mr Hellyer explained that if he wanted to know about the workings of an alien space craft he would “ask the current chief of emergency measures”.
Mr Hellyer, who became a UFO expert after claiming to have seen proof of alien visitations while in office, said: “The reason I know is I interviewed the previous one, who is now deceased, and he went Langley and the CIA asked if he would like to see one of these crafts.
“They flew him to Area 51 and let him go inside one and observe it and make notes and this sort of thing.”
August saw one of the year’s craziest claims when a filmmaker alleged aliens stole a flock of 1,500 sheep by moonlight in a UFO.
The man right is allegedly Jim Morrison alive and well, according to a video.
In footage uploaded to YouTube, the movie-maker called Dot Luter says UFOs were seen hovering in the sky at the same time as the flock mysteriously vanished into thin air.
The flock disappeared without trace from their field at Stenigot, near Louth, Lincolnshire, overnight in September 2011, but the video emerged this summer.
In September a respected detective called for an end to the UK’s “biggest UFO cover up” after new evidence allegedly emerged.
Gary Heseltine, 56, a former detective constable involved in investigating the 7/7 terror strikes and major rail disasters, wants to crack the case of the mysterious Rendlesham Forest UFO incident 36 years after the baffling events unfolded at the US Air Force occupied RAF Bentwaters at Rendlesham, near Woodbridge in Suffolk.
He called on defence secretary Michael Fallon to re-open the case after two former radar operatives came forward to claim they tracked an unidentified object at speeds of more than 50,000mph, at the time of the mysterious incident in December 1980.
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Alien chasers pounced on a NASA image in October that allegedly showed a walled city on Mars.
The photos, taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, sparked fresh claims there may have once been intelligent life on the planet.
An alien conspiracy theorist revealed the suggestion in a blog post titled “Alien City Ruins on Mars? In Official NASA Images”.
They wrote: “In the last couple of years, the number of images showing alleged structures on the surface of the red planet have quadrupled.
But scientists said this and other alleged earthly findings on Mars were the result of pareidolia, when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects such as faces or animals in textures, patterns or clouds.
November saw shocking claims that a picture of a dead alien was smuggled out by a serviceman following the alleged 1947 Roswell UFO crash.
Express.co.uk exclusively revealed how a witness reported to paranormal investigators that they had obtained a picture of an alien grey.
A fake alien made for a Roswell UFO hoax.
Roswell, in New Mexico, is famed for being the scene of an alleged flying saucer crash in July 1947.
The Roswell case has been at the heart of the UFO scene since July 1947 when the military sensationally announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the desert nearby.
But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.
Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken to the mysterious top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada.
In December Express.co.uk revealed how there was a spate of mysterious, and remarkably similar “triangle UFO” sightings across the US being reported to investigators.
The “huge, slow and silent craft” led to claims they were alien space ships or top secret military technology being tested.