Bear with us, because we’re still wrapping our heads around this story. We don’t even know how to go about this because it’s so twisted. Sports fans are obviously acquainted with the Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and the sad saga of his recently deceased girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. Lennay had leukemia, diagnosed after being in a car accident, and Te’o was the model boyfriend and held her hand literally and figuratively in every way, until the day she passed away. It’s a story that moved a nation. Now, news has broken that — and we’re quite shocked typing this — Lennay never actually existed. We hear your WTF and raise you one. Deadspin claims that the whole story, this inspirational and heartwarming tale of love and loyalty … is a hoax. Because, according to the site, Social Security Administration records reveal that this no Lennay, so “her” whole identity, including her Twitter and Instagram account and photographs, etc, were all made up and spun into the story we all believed.
Considering she was supposed to be from Stanford, the university doesn’t have any records of her existence, either. There are no records of her death and hardly any online evidence of her at all. What’s even more weird? Those photographs that were supposedly Lennay? They’re of a completely random 22-year-old California woman who is most definitely not Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, alive or deceased. She’s never even met him. So yeah, we know how Notre Dame likes to create heroic myths about their players, but what the hell is this? It seems that, allegedly, Lennay was made up by a man (we’re going to find out more of who “he” is when more information breaks) to create more publicity for Manti Te’o’s Heisman campaign. Read more…
Why do people insist on killing off celebrities online just for kicks? The latest victim of the ubiquitous death hoax was Russell Brand. A report surfaced this weekend on Global Associated News, informing the world that, “Actor Russell Brand is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today.” The grisly, and thankfully fake report stated that Rusty was at Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland on vacay accompanied by family and friends. They claimed that “witnesses” said that the actor lost control of his snowboard and hit a tree, dying instantly due to the high-speed impact of the crash. WTF? The story went on to say that while he was air lifted to a hospital nearby, it was of no use, but that he was “wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death.” Good to know, guys.
Before anyone really fell for the news and started mourning Russell for real, the actor took it upon himself to debunk the story in his own hilarious way. He ended up tweeting a message that read, “Bloody hell. I better cancel the milk.” He also included a link to the story sourced above. And this is why we love Russell. Stop bumping off stars, fake witnesses!
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Did you read the rumors that Jon Bon Jovi was dead floating around on Twitter yesterday? We did and knew it was a hoax but there was a litte bit of us who thought — This BETTER not be true! News like this always brings out the Cassandra in people even though we’re well aware that weirdos on Twitter regularly bump off celebrities. Jon thought he would clear up the air himself and tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of a Christmas Tree with a placard that read, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey…” Someone from his management also wrote a message that clarified, “…Rest assured that Jon is fine! This photo was just taken.”
So there you have it, folks. Jon is A-Ok. Also note, he’s standing in front of a Christmas tree and not jumping into it like one Kiefer Sutherland.
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