Did an intern who wrote a plagiarised Melania tweet die in an accident involving a falling Xerox machine? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a relatively new fake news website which has published several death hoaxes in the past few days. It is not real, it did not happen.
WASHINGTON D.C. - A 23-year-old intern named Eric A. Rice was killed this morning in a bizarre accident on H Street. He was walking on the sidewalk distracted by his phone when he tripped over a black cat and crashed into a mirror left against the front of a building by a crew of movers.
Stumbling to regain his balance he grabbed hold of a ladder the movers were using, causing one of them to lose his grip on a pulley. This resulted in the unfortunate intern being crushed to death by a 500-pound photocopier that dropped from two storeys high.
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WASHINGTON D.C. - A 23-year-old intern named Eric A. Rice was killed this morning in a bizarre accident on H Street. He was walking on the sidewalk distracted by his phone when he tripped ove...
But why is it not true? First of all, The Honey Pot Times has a pretty clear disclaimer:
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And secondly, the tweet was not plagiarised according to research by Snopes:
In 2018, Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama's 2014 Memorial Day statement. On 28 May 2018, First Lady Melania Trump published a tweet for Memorial Day: On #MemorialDay we honor the many Americans who laid down their lives for our great country. As one nation under God, we come together to remember that freedom isn't free.
Finally we were unable to get confirmation from any reputable news source concerning the death on H Street of an intern from the office of the First Lady, something the Washington press would have definitely reported if it had happened
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