"Hackers have taken over a Twitter account belonging to US broadcaster Fox News and declared President Obama dead.
The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: 'BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much.'
More than two hours after the malicious postings appeared, they had still not been removed.
A group or individual, calling themselves The Script Kiddies appeared to claim responsibility.
Fox News said it was investigating the posts.
The bizarre messages began appearing around 07.00 BST on July 4.
The first read: 'Just regained full access to our Twitter and email. Happy 4th.'
The next posting stated: '@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead.'"
When we checked the account @TheScriptKiddie had been suspended. Seems like a very small price to be paid for a priceless joke. Though we have to say we miss the day when people who played brilliant jokes on the Internet and exposed security weaknesses of major governments or corporations were treated with a bit more respect than this.