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Fake-News Report Claims That Body Of Homeless Man Was Bob Marley

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on June 9, 2015


Circulating report claims that when Jamaican authorities conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant, they discovered that the man was actually reggae star Bob Marley. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. No such discovery has been made. The story is fiction and has been published by various fake-news and ‘entertainment’ websites. Bob Marley died in 1981. The story is a reworking of an earlier fake-news report that claimed that the body of a homeless man found in San Diego turned out to be that of Elvis Presley.


DNA Shocker! Body Of Homeless Man Found In Fast Food Restaurant Was BOB MARLEY!

When the body of an elderly homeless man was discovered in a discarded cardboard box behind the back of a fast food joint in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, coroners had a problem: Who was this mysterious old man?

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Detailed Analysis

The report claims that the tests revealed that the homeless man was none other than iconic reggae superstar Bob Marley.

The report goes on to reveal that Marley had faked his own death back in 1981 with the help of ‘government officials’ because he was tired of all the attention and just wanted to live a quiet life. 
However, the claims in the report are nonsense. No such discovery has been made. Sadly, Bob Marley did indeed die back in 1981.

The fictional report was published via The Richmond Globe on May 21, 2015. The Richmond Globe is an ‘entertainment’ website that mixes factual news stories with made up nonsense and makes no effort to let readers know which is which.

The same report has also been published on several other fake-news websites.

Of course, there are no credible news or media reports that support the claims in the fake story in any way.

And, the story is not even original. It is apparently a revamped version of an earlier fake-news report that claimed – falsely of course – that DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found in San Diego identified him as Elvis Presley. Again, the report claimed that authorities had helped the star fake his own death because he wished to disappear from the limelight.

At any one time, a large number of fake-news stories will likely be circulating via social media. There are a growing number of websites that churn out such nonsensical material on a regular basis.

It is thus wise to verify any strange or unusual ‘news’ reports that come your way before you share them. Searching a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating report is true.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,