Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Actor Will Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident.
Example: [i-Newswire.com, 2006]
Origins: The above-quoted account comes from a press release published (and then withdrawn) by
The press release was nothing but a hoax perpetrated by persons as yet unidentified:
iNewswire tried, but failed to find the source of the bogus Ferrell story. The trickster, a non-paying customer, used a proxy server — the ISP address can't be traced. All that's known about the anonymous user is that he or she tried, but failed to post about 10-15 other press releases on the site, including one that clarified that "Will Ferrell is not really dead."Will Ferrell is alive and well and is reportedly filming in Montreal, far away from "Torey Pines" [sic], California. His publicist has confirmed his non-deceasement:
"Not much to say other than we heard and read about it this morning and reacted accordingly," Ferrell's publicist Matthew Labov said in an email.Last updated: 14 March 2006
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