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Trevor Noah surprised by 'crafty' Sunday Times story

A Sunday Times front page story claimed that Noah's cousin was murdered - a claim the comedian refutes.

Trevor Noah. Picture: Byron L Keulemans/GQ South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - Comedian Trevor Noah has reacted with surprise to a weekend report claiming one of his cousins from KwaZulu-Natal had been brutally killed.

The Sunday Times reported on its front page that Noah's 'alleged cousin' Cebisile Khoza's badly burnt body was discovered in a sugar cane plantation near Wasbank.

But the comedian on Sunday described the article as crafty journalism and has denied that Khoza is related to him.

Thanks to some crafty journalism my family and I have spent the whole day trying to figure out if one of us died. #awkward

The Sunday Times quotes Noah's grandmother as saying she believes her family is cursed after the killing of Khoza, as two other women in her family have also recently been killed.

It claimed that the family had not told Noah about his cousin's death.

Noah then posted a tweet that he had spent most of the day in contact with his family and said the report is not true.

Don't always believe what you read. This is something I learned from aliens when I travelled to Mars last year.

If we can't find reasons to laugh then we will only ever cry. Happy and sad are two sides of the same coin.

The newspaper said it couldn't reach Noah for comment ahead of publishing the article as he's still travelling abroad.

Meanwhile, there's been mixed reaction from the comedian's fans on social media.

I don't understand this Trevor Noah story.

@SundayTimesZA Bought the paper for this story only to find out that it wasn't confirmed ... I'll send U the paper pliz #Bringbackmymoney👎

That @SundayTimesZA front page though. How do you bounce back from that?

@SakinaKamwendo I can forgive Sunday Times for the incorrect story. But this pic...😏 pic.twitter.com/sQSMkbXEjZ

Strange choice of lead story in @SundayTimesZA today. Slow news week? pic.twitter.com/1vZn3Hqgm0