A bizarre glitch merged search terms for Steve Irwin's death and Bindi Irwin's new film, causing Web surfers to believe Bindi had died.
(Image source: Totally Bindi ) BY CANDICE AVILES Despite recent Twitter rumors, Bindi Irwin is alive. The 14-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin got caught up in a bizarre Internet hoax Friday. According to Fox News , search engines confused searches of Bindi’s new film “Return to Nim’s Island” and her father’s 2006 death, when he was fatally stung in the heart by a stingray. (Via IMDB ) This created a glitch on the Web, which produced the unfortunate trending phrase “Steve Irwin Daughter Dies.” (Via Twitter ) Social News Daily describes the glitch as a “trends hiccup,” saying it happens sometimes when trending keywords and phrases get mixed up. Trends hiccup aside, Bindi has been alive and busy filming movies, creating clothing lines and continuing her father’s work at the Australian Zoo. (Via YouTube / AustraliaZooTube ) While Bindi hasn’t directly responded to the Internet mix-up, she posted a tweet after the online hoax saying: “Having a beautiful day running around with mates. Go out there and hug your best friend right now!” (Via Twitter / @BindiIrwin ) The teen also Instagrammed a photo with the words “Unconditional Love” written in the sand. (Via Us Weekly ) “Return to Nim’s Island” was released in U.S. theaters in March 2013. It tells the story of a young girl, played by Bindi, who tries to save a wild island.