Back in 2004, a false news-story involving the death of American Idol celebrity William Hung circulated widely via email.
The story claimed that Mr Hung “was found dead yesterday, apparently of an intentional heroin overdose”. The story generated a lot of discussion among those who frequent online message boards.
In fact, Mr Hung is alive and well. This rumour started from a Broken Newz. Although it resembles a real news story, it is a complete fabrication apparently in the name of entertainment.
Personally, I find this sort of satire in poor taste.
The following quote is from the Broken Newz “About” page:
Broken Newz is a satire news and entertainment site. All names, except when public figures are being satirized due to their own stupidity, are made up and purely coincidental if connected in any way. The stories listed on this site are not real (really).
These are strange days indeed! William Hung became a celebrity because of a decided lack of musical talent rather than the reverse.
I’m very glad to hear that the likeable gentleman is still with us. Mr Hung continues to make the news, is active on the speaking circuit, and has even published a book. Best of luck to him!