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Fake News: 28 Year-Old Rapper MGK Was NOT Found Dead At Recording Studio Due To LIGMA Overdose

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sat, 06 Oct 2018 18:51:48 Z)

Machine Gun Kelly is still alive despite an attempt by a hoax website to off the rapper also known as MGK. Lead Stories can confirm that the trending fake death report is the work of a known hoaxer. In fact, the same site has previously published fake reports that rappers Tekashi69 and Post Malone died from overdoses of the same fictional drug LIGMA. As we noted at that time, LIGMA is not a real drug. It is a mythical substance created by Internet pranksters.

The story originated from an article published by Huzlers Media on October 6, 2018 titled "28 Year-Old Rapper MGK Was Found Dead At Recording Studio Due To LIGMA Overdose" (archived here) which opened:

Richard Colson Baker, known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly, Was found dead by his manager of what seems to be a LIGMA overdose. Sources close to MGK say after Eminem released KILLSHOT Machine Gun Kelly fell into depression and started abusing LIGMA.

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28 Year-Old Rapper MGK Was Found Dead At Recording Studio Due To LIGMA Overdose

Richard Colson Baker, known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly, Was found dead by his manager of what seems to be a LIGMA overdose. Sources close to MGK say after Eminem released KILLSHOT Machine Gun Kelly fell into depression and started abusing LIGMA.

His manager suggested he get help but he never did. MGK has been working hard on a come back to at Eminem but he might have overworked himself and the substance abuse was his down fall.

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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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