WWE wrestler not 'found dead in home' as Facebook and Twitter duped into hoax
Published 14/04/2014 | 14:10
WWE legend The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, is very much alive and well, news that no doubt comes to the relief of fans fooled by a heartless hoax death story on 'Empire Sports' that has been shared widely on social media.
The 'news' site, which comes with a disclaimer that it doesn't post real news, wrote: "It has been just under a week since the WWE Hall Of Famer Ultimate Warrior passed away so suddenly. We just received word that another legend will be joining him. Mark ‘The Undertaker’ Calaway was found in his Houston home dead late last night by his wife Michelle McCool."
The article references the head injury that Undertaker genuinely did sustain at Wrestlemania 30, which was not serious and saw him discharged from hospital the next day.
Empire Sports claims to be 'satirical website' but the satire is pretty thin here - clearly it was just aiming to go viral with gossip about a much loved star, the story having already received over 100,000 views.
The article's author meanwhile, going under the name 'Iruleall15', claims to be "the biggest troll in the online world".
"I am a diehard Cowboys fan," he adds in his bio. "I write for fun and because I seem to be good at it … I try to entertain not offend."
Last week, the wrestling world was rocked by the actual passing of one of its icons Ultimate Warrior, who collapsed outside his Arizona hotel room just a day after appearing at Wrestlemania and Monday Night Raw.