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Dartanyan Edmonds Suicide Rumour

Summary:
Message claims that US actor and comedian Dartanyan Edmonds has committed suicide at home in Los Angeles (Full commentary below).



Status:
Unsubstantiated - probably untrue

Example:(Submitted, August 2007)
Fw: Actor-Comedian Kills Himself

Actor-Comedian "Dartanyan Edmonds" commits suicide in L.A. Home. Wednesday May 30 12:37 PM ET

Dartanyan Edmonds former star of MTV's Lyricist Lounge Show" and best know for his role opposite Megan Good in the Universal Pictures comedy Deliver Us From Eva, died as a result of an apparent suicide. The actor was known to have been suffering from depression. And "Often talked of taking his own life at times to end his pain" said a Police spokesman.

Edmonds "admitted himself to an intensive medical rehabilitation facility" on Tuesday, according to a statement released by his publicist, Lashawn Jones-Drew. The statement added, "Because this is a personal matter, it is our hope that the press will appreciate the seriousness of the situation and respect the privacy of his family". Whom had not all been notified of his death. Edmonds who would often speak to children at youth centers and highschools about the dangers of drugs and giving motivational speeches was said to have never had any history of any drugs or alcohol use. And was in perfect health. A L.A. County coroner will determine the cause of death later this week.

"It's so weird because I just spoke to the guy earlier," said a close friend. "He always said stuff like he would die before he got old, but he always wanted to make sure his family was always secure."

The friend came to visit and found his body lifeless on the floor of his home. He called police, who arrived to find the friend next to him crying at the site, said Los Angeles Police Lt. John Baxter. "We saw Mr. Edmonds laying on the floor and had him rushed to a Nearby City hospital,".. Officers investigating also found a substance tentatively identified as cocaine. But there is no conformation. The case remains under investigation.

Edmonds also co-starred in other films such as "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate", Ride Woo

His last on screen credit include "Deliver Us From Eva,"




Commentary:
According to the above message, which is circulating via email, blogs and forums, US based actor Dartanyan Edmonds was found dead after apparently committing suicide at his LA home in May 2007

The message is written in the style of a news report. However, the original source of this supposed report is not included. Furthermore, there are no other credible news reports that confirm the claims in the message. Although Dartanyan Edmonds may not be a particularly high-profile celebrity, it seems quite unlikely that his death would have gone completely unreported by news outlets and the celebrity media. Although details about the actor are listed on various online movie and TV databases including IMDb none that I could find have listed his untimely demise.

Moreover, the spelling and grammatical errors that the message contains suggest that it is probably not a genuine news report at all. And most online commentators have concluded that the story is a hoax.

I have labelled the status of this message as "unsubstantiated" until a little more concrete information about Mr. Edmonds current health and whereabouts comes to light. However, given the lack of news confirming the actor's death, it seems very probable that the report is just another baseless celebrity death rumour.

In fact, hoaxes that falsely claim that a celebrity has died are quite common. In March 2007, a hoax message claimed that US actor and comedian, Sinbad, died of a heart attack. An earlier hoax claimed that Jaleel White of "Urkel" Fame had taken his own life. And in 2004 another false news report claimed that American Idol's William Hung died of a deliberate heroin overdose.

References:
IMDb - Dartanyan Edmonds
On Olympus: Dartanyan Edmonds commits suicide
Rumor Alert: Dartanyan Edmonds is Alive

Last updated: 23rd August 2007
First published: 23rd August 2007

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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