Fake News: Reggae Legend Buju Banton NOT Dead After Committing Suicide Inside US Prison

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

A hoax article from a site named NetLiveMedia went viral today titled "BREAKING NEWS: Reggae Legend Buju Banton Is DEAD After Committing Suicide Inside US Prison". The story attracted so much traffic it brought down the site but a copy is still stored in Google's cache, here are the first few paragraphs:

Mark Anthony Myrie , also known as Buju Banton, a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. was found dead inside his cell of the US federal prison where he was serving his 10years sentence for drug trafficking.

Reports are that he was found hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling of his jail cell, security was quickly called but it was too as he was already dead.

The news about the death of the Buju Shocked people over the US to Jamaica.

The Jamaican Government say they will not make any comments on the matter as investigation is still ongoing over Mr.Myrie death.

Banton was found guilty on three counts of drug trafficking charges in 2011. He was arrested at a warehouse in South Florida in December 2009 in a drug sting operation.

No other reputable news websites have brought the news and the official twitter account for Buju Banton also hasn't made mention of his death so it is pretty safe to assume he is ok. He has been a victim of death hoaxes before so he will survive this one too.

As you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article the fake story was getting quite some traction online. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.

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