A BIZARRE conspiracy theory about Paul McCartney has been carried through the decades.
The ridiculous tale that the Beatles singer is actually DEAD, and has been replaced by a body double, has become something of an urban legend.
Following a car crash in January 1967, rumours began circulating that Paul McCartney was injured because the accident allegedly involved his Aston Martin.
But it wasn’t until 1969 that the strange conspiracy fully took its form.
In the same year that the Beatles released their Abbey Road album, the popular quartet was in the process of disbanding.
While the decision to go solo was being made, Paul McCartney began spending less time in the public eye
As the singer-songwriter relaxed in his Scottish retreat with his life Linda, rumours were rife that the star was “dead”.
In September 1969, a student newspaper from Drake University in Iowa published a report that was titled: “Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?”
As the bogus report spread, fans were sent into a frenzy.
A number of clues began emerging that linked to the theory that Paul McCartney had passed away – and some conspiracy theorists even suggested that he had been replaced by a body double.
Some Beatles fans insisted that they could hear the words “turn me on, dead man” when they listened to Revolution 9 backwards.
Others insisted that John Lennon muttered the words “I buried Paul” in the final section of the song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Despite this, John insists that he simply said: “cranberry sauce”, while others claim that he could be heard saying: “I’m very bored”
Some conspiracy theorists decided to take a look over some of the Beatles albums covers for evidence to back up their claims.
Many believed that the Sgt Pepper’s album cover was a spine-tingling clue.
The artwork from 1967 features the Beatles at a funeral, with many wreaths of condolence lying in front of them.
One of the floral tributes is in the shape of a bass guitar, which led to people speculating whether the album cover was released to commemorate Paul McCartney’s life.
As the alleged car crash occurred in January of the same year, many found the link too spooky to be a coincidence.
Despite this, there is actually a logical explanation for the Sgt Pepper’s cover.
Former Beatles bassist Stu Sutcliffe passed away in 1962, and many believe that the guitar splashed across the album is in tribute to him.