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Fake News: Rapper Tekashi 69 Has NOT Died Of LIGMA Overdose

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:18:22 Z)

Did rapper Tekashi69, aka 6ix9ine, die from a "LIGMA" overdose? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a fake news website that calls itself a "fauxtire" website. None of it is real and "LIGMA" is not even a real substance.

The story originated from an article published by Huzlers on September 18, 2018 titled "BREAKING NEWS: Rapper Tekashi 69 Has Died Of Apparent LIGMA Overdose He Was Only 22" (archived here) which opened:

NEW YORK - 22 Year old Daniel Hernandez famously know as Tekashi 69 was found dead by boyfriend in his New York apartment of an apparent LIGMA overdose. He was known for his unconventional appearance, controversial behavior and brute-force screaming technique in some of his songs. Hernandez rose to fame in late 2017 with the release of his debut single "Gummo".

His boyfriend Julio Gomez found the rapper unconscious and called paramedics immediately after he couldn't wake him up he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Screenshot of http://www.huzlers.com/breaking-news-rapper-tekashi-69-has-died-of-apparent-ligma-overdose-he-was-only-22/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have confused it with real news:

BREAKING NEWS: Rapper Tekashi 69 Has Died Of Apparent LIGMA Overdose He Was Only 22

NEW YORK - 22 Year old Daniel Hernandez famously know as Tekashi 69 was found dead by boyfriend in his New York apartment of an apparent LIGMA overdose. He was known for his unconventional appearance, controversial behavior and brute-force screaming...

Only a few days ago Post Malone was also declared dead from "Ligma" in another death hoax:

Fake News: Post Malone Did NOT Die From Ligma | Lead Stories

Hoax Alert Did rapper Post Malone die from "Ligma"? No, that's not true: some joker uploaded a fake story to a prank generator website which uses a domain name that is easily confused with CBS News claiming the singer passed away. None of it is real, not even the disease.

As we noted back then, "Ligma" does not exist: it is a made up word that is part of an internet prank:

Ligma

Ligma is a fictional disease associated with a death hoax orchestrated by Instagram user ninja_hater that claimed Fortnite streamer Ninja had passed away after contracting the disease. The intention of this joke was to prompt concerned fans to ask what Ligma is, to which participants in the hoax would respond with "ligma balls" ("lick my balls"), a joke setup similar to Deez Nuts and Updog.

Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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