Rumours that Paul McCartney died on 9 November 1966 in a car crash and was secretly replaced by a lookalike have persisted for 50 years. Is Paul really still around? Or has he been replaced by Billy Shears?
Yes, Paul is dead
Paul McCartney has been replaced with a lookalike in order to maintain The Beatles' success.
The remaining Beatles left many clues
Affected by grief and guilt, the remaining Beatles left multiple cryptic clues in their music and album artwork to hint at the truth of what had happened.Explore
Fifty years on and the rumour has not been disproved
If the story is untrue, why has it persisted and more people believe it now than ever?Explore
Those surrounding Paul covered up his death
Paul McCartney died in a tragic car accident, and, to spare the public from grief, the remaining Beatles replaced him with the winner of a McCartney look-alike-winner, in order to cover up the musician's death.Explore
Who is Billy Shears?
We can point exactly to who replaced Paul McCartney - Billy Shears.Explore
The Beatles have metaphorically died
The Beatles did metaphorically die that day - it was the day John Lennon met Yoko Ono
The Beatles died on November 6, 1966
Yoko Ono caused the Beatles' death by stealing Lennon away from the band. Although the 'Paul is dead' idea remains a conspiracy theory, the Beatles metaphorically died in November 1966 when Lennon met Ono, and their tight relationship would draw Lennon away from the group.Explore
No, Paul McCartney is not dead
Paul McCartney can't be dead - he is playing Glastonbury in 2020!
The hoax arose at a prime time for conspiracy theories