Without addressing whether he ever was intended to die, incoming Green Lantern Corps writer Robert Venditti tweeted earlier, "Lots of rumors out there. Here's the truth: Van and I have never even contemplated killing John Stewart. We have plenty of plans for John. Plans that probably wouldn't work as well if he was, you know, dead."
Meanwhile, DC's Executive Director of Publicity Alex Segura tweeted, "Seeing a lot of unverified reports on this. To clarify: John Stewart is not going anywhere."
By "unverified reports," of course, he means reports that haven't been officially cleared by DC. That doesn't inherently make them false, as it may simply reinforce rumors that ran later in the day, suggesting that DC had reconsidered the character's fate in response to fan outcry when the story broke.