Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: American Idol favorite William Hung died of a heroin overdose.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
In mid-July 2004,
The notice of Mr. Hung's death wasn't even a "serious" rumor in that it was started by a spoof, and the sample excerpted above provides several clues that the William Hung death piece was intended to be humorous (e.g., the heroin overdose was "intentional"; the word "music" is enclosed in quotes; the deceased was found funny by "tens of people"). The article that prompted the rumor was published on
Mr. Hung remains very much alive and has since the rumor performed in a number of venues.
Last updated: 2 July 2005
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