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Fake News: Nicki Minaj NOT Found Dead After Fashion Show Fight

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:39:54 Z)

Was singer Nicki Minaj found dead from a Percocet overdose after a fight with Cardi B at a fashion show? No, that's not true: the fight happened but the drug overdose was made up by someone who thought it would be funny to upload a death hoax to a prank website that uses a domain name to confuse people into thinking it is The New York Times. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published on thenewyorktimes.company (not the real nytimes.com) on September 9, 2018 titled "Nicki Minaj found dead after fashion show fight " (archived here) which opened:

Rapper nicki Minaj was found dead after talking about artist Cardi b and intenet trolling, found in her condo from Percocet overdose

Screenshot of https://thenewyorktimes.company/2018/09/8/Nicki-Minaj-found-dead-after-fashion-show-fight/1Tmlja2kgTWluYWogZm91bmQgZGVhZCBhZnRlciBmYXNoaW9uIHNob3cgZmlnaHQg.UmFwcGVyIG5pY2tpIE1pbmFqIHdhcyBmb3VuZCBkZWFkIGFmdGVyIHRhbGtpbmcgYWJvdXQgYXJ0aXN0IENhcmRpIGIgYW5kIGludGVuZXQgdHJvbGxpbmcsIGZvdW5kIGluIGhlciBjb25kbyBmcm9tIFBlcmNvY2V0IG92ZXJkb3Nl.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtOC5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzczMjYvMTY1NjMyMTQwNTJfOThiMjY4NzVhNF96LmpwZw==

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have tought it was real if they didn't click it:

Nicki Minaj found dead after fashion show fight

Rapper nicki Minaj was found dead after talking about artist Cardi b and intenet trolling, found in her condo from Percocet overdose

The site is part of a network of prank websites centered around thefakenewsgenerator.com that allow anyone to create a realistic looking fake news article. The network offers a selection of misleading domain names that can be used to make it look like an article came from real news websites such as CBS News, Associated Press or The New York Times. Each hoax article comes with following disclaimer at the top of the page:

You clicked this fake news story. Now make your own!

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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