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


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Outline

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.

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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.

   

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Example

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

Report Claims Homeless Man's Body Was That of Bob Marley

According to a report that has been making its way around the Internet since May 2015, Jamaican authorities made a shocking discovery when they conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant in Kingston.

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.

Report is Nonsense - No Such Discovery Has Been Made

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.

Updated Version of Earlier Fake Report About Elvis Presley

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.

Wise to Check Social Media 'News' Reports Before Sharing

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.

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Last updated: November 5, 2015
First published: June 9, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
DNA Shocker! Body Of Homeless Man Found In Fast Food Restaurant Was BOB MARLEY!
Fake News Claims Body of Homeless Man Identified as Elvis Presley
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites








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