Fake News: Marilyn Manson Did NOT Die From Injuries Sustained during Show

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

A fake news website named breaking-cnn.com was used to post an article (archived here) titled "Marilyn Manson Dies from Injuries Sustained during Show |BREAKING NEWS". It read:

NEW YORK -- It has been confirmed American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author and former music journalist Marilyn Manson has died at age 48.
Marilyn Manson was rushed to the hospital Friday night after a large stage prop fell on top of him during his show at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom. He was in the middle of a performance of his Eurythmics cover "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" when it appears he touched the struts of a scaffolding setup attached to two large guns, causing it to tip over onto him.
Stage crew immediately rushed to get the prop off of him, and TMZ reports it took several minutes to get Manson onto a stretcher as crew and bandmates stood near him onstage.
One of the show attendees, Yousif Al Zaid, 23, told The Guardian, "It happened in the middle of his song 'Sweet Dreams.' He performed it and all of a sudden he climbed on to the two guns. . . At end of the song he bent over holding one of the poles [on the prop] and tipped over. Then it all went silent and you could hear a pin drop. Everyone rushed to him and there were rumors he was dead. Then they brought out a stretcher and he was taken away.
He was earlier reported only to have fractured his ankle, but official news just broke out the singer died from injuries he sustained from the accident.

The part about being injured by a falling stage prop is true, there even is video of the incident:

And the quote from Yousif Al Zaid is indeed available on the website of The Guardian here.


But no 'official news' broke anywhere reporting the singer's death. There is nothing on his social media accounts or website and no mainstream news sources are talking about it. And if the news was officially announced the last place for it to happen would be a site named breaking-cnn.com (which is totally unaffiliated with the actual CNN.com). It seems to be part of a larger network of sites including such obviously fake domains as:

  • breaking-bbc.co.uk
  • radiogtv.com
  • tv-bbc.com
  • usanews-tv.com

All these sites were once promoting or were promoted by the now defunct Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/World-News-1061040047315656 and they have all been used to promote other hoaxes and fake stories before. So it is pretty safe not to believe this 'news' and we are going to go ahead and call it fake news.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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