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Jet SKi Death Hoax

Claim:   Sammy Hagar was killed in a jet-ski accident.

FALSE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2013]

Musician - Sammy Hagar dies following Jet-Ski crash in Turks and Caicos Islands

THIS STORY IS STILL DEVELOPING...

Musician Sammy Hagar died while on a personal vacation in Turks and Caicos early this morning from injuries sustained in a Jet-Ski accident - July 2, 2013

Preliminary reports from Turks and Caicos Police officials indicate that the musician struck a concrete boat slip in a marina on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sammy Hagar was the only passenger on the personal watercraft at the time of the incident. Specific details are not yet available.

The accident occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. (UTC/GMT -4 hours).

Additional details and information will be forthcoming.

 

Origins:   Web sites such as mediafetcher.com allow users to generate phony news stories about celebrities being killed in various forms of accidents by plugging the names of the famous into the URLs used to access the site. For example, going to
http://elton.john.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stories/jet-ski_musician_turks.php produces a fake article about Elton John's death today in a jet-ski accident.

Every few months another one of these faux user-generated articles is circulated on the Internet to fool the unwary, generating a brief but intense death hoax for the named celebrity. In July 2013, the latest "victim" of this form of hoax was singer Sammy Hagar, who remains alive and well.

Last updated:   2 July 2013

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