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.
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?
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.