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Last updated: October 3, 2012
First published: October 3, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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This message, which appears to be a news headline and links to what appears to be a real online news article, is currently circulating rapidly via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. The message claims that US based football player Michael Vick has broken both his legs in a car accident. The message links to an article, couched as a "developing story", that gives more information about the supposed accident. The article claims that the controversial and oft despised Vick broke his legs in an accident while driving his BMW in Philadelphia and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
However, the claims in the message are untrue. Vick has not broken his legs in a car accident. The article is not a genuine news story. The story originates from a fake news website that calls itself "The Global Associated News". A disclaimer on the bottom of the article explains:
FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual.
Such stories can be generated for inclusion on the bogus news site via templates available on fakeawish.com, a site responsible for generating many a viral celebrity death hoax along with multiple other nonsensical stories. In fact, the very same "breaks both legs" template has been used before to create fake news stories about accidents involving Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, Dylan Murphy and many others.
And, for the record, there are are no reports about a car accident involving Vick on any credible news outlet. It is always best to verify any "celebrity news" stories you receive via a legitimate news source before sharing it with others.
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