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Fake News: Chris Brown NOT Found Unconscious In His Los Angeles Home

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:07:18 Z)

Was singer Chris Brown found unconcious in his Los Angeles home? No, this not true. And why are we even having to ask? Because of a "prank generator" that somehow gets viral traction. Maybe people are just expecting something bad to happen to Brown, considering his history of self-destructive behavior. Brown spent time in jail and rehab during a period in which a doctor concluded he was bipolar and dangerously self-medicating. Lead Stories actually has sources close to Chris and we are assured that he is doing really well lately, partly inspired by his time with a beautiful young daughter.

The story originated from an article published on September 8, 2018 titled "Chris brown Found unconscious in his Los Angeles home" (archived here) which opened:

Chris Brown fine unconscious unresponsive with prescription drugs next to his unconscious body

Screenshot of https://cbsnews.us/2018/09/8/Chris-brown-Found-unconscious-in-his-Los-Angeles-home/0Q2hyaXMgYnJvd24gRm91bmQgdW5jb25zY2lvdXMgaW4gaGlzIExvcyBBbmdlbGVzIGhvbWU=.Q2hyaXMgQnJvd24gZmluZSB1bmNvbnNjaW91cyB1bnJlc3BvbnNpdmUgd2l0aCBwcmVzY3JpcHRpb24gZHJ1Z3MgbmV4dCB0byBoaXMgdW5jb25zY2lvdXMgYm9keQ==.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtNi5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzUyMzgvNjkzMzgwMDcxMF8zNzUwMTI4NTkwX3ouanBn

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Chris brown Found unconscious in his Los Angeles home

Chris Brown fine unconscious unresponsive with prescription drugs next to his unconscious body

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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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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