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Fake News: R&B Legend Sisqo NOT Given 6 Months to Live, NOT Diagnosed With Advance Lupus

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 27 May 2019 07:33:55 Z)

Was singer Sisqo given 6 months to live after being diagnosed with "advance lupus"? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a site that publishes fictional stories about celebrities with a tiny disclaimer at the bottom of the page that says they are not true.

The story originated from an article (archived here) on LFR Solutions where it was published on May 7, 2019 under the title "R&B Legend Sisqo Given 6 Months to Live After Being Diagnosed With Advance Lupus". It opened:

R&B singer Sisqo was recently diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called lupus. It's a condition in which your immune system begins attacking different areas of your body and for Sisqo, the terminal illness has advanced. Prior to being diagnosed, according to sources close to the "Thong Song" singer, his health had not been of any concern. Sisqo's immediate family does have a history of Lupus so it's no surprise that he now suffers from illness. Medical professionals have given the Dru Hill singer approximately only six months to live.

Screenshot of https://lfrsolutions.com/rb-legend-sisqo-given-6-months-to-live-after-being-diagnosed-with-advance-lupus/?fbclid=IwAR3Kvg-0H8aE1fNQM0AodndbcYWtbLyAZc-iW84CmgZb-1v76XSOPQfELVE

The site LFR Solutions comes with a disclaimer at the bottom of every page that reads:

The stories posted on lfrsolutions.com are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.

However that disclaimer is between four and five pixels tall so it is hardly legible on most screens. To us that indicates deception is going on so in accordance with our Satire Policy we rate this story "False".

Here are some other recent stories the site published that were not true:

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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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