I once created a "death hoax." When I lived in hippie ville in Northern California and I was tired of being where I was, I put an answering machine message on my phone line saying something like, "Memorial services will be held for Rick on Sunday, .... In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity."
A few people actually expressed condolences. They were also the ones who were pissed when they saw me later at the local bar.
"À chacun son goût"