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Claim: Comedian/actor Sinbad died of a heart attack in March 2007.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]
Origins: Despite rumors that comedian/actor Sinbad (the stage name of David Adkins) died in
An Associated Press reporter contacted Sinbad on 15 March 2007 and wrote:
Actor-comedian Sinbad had the last laugh after a Florida-based Internet reference site announced he wasEURweb.com has an article that reproduces a phone call with Sinbad's brother/manager, Mark Adkins, confirming the comedian's not-deadness.
Sinbad first got a telephone call from his daughter. The gossip quieted, but a few days later the 50-year-old entertainer said the phone calls, text messages and
"I rose from the dead and then died again," the Los Angeles-based entertainer told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
When asked if he was upset about the mix-up, Sinbad, whose real name is David Adkins, just laughed.
"It's gonna be more commonplace as the Internet opens up more and more. It's not that strange," he replied.
"Sinbad is in great health, his crazy self, nothing's changed," his publicist Maria Savoy said.
Last updated: 15 March 2007
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