Fact Check: Louisiana Man Did NOT Drop Dead Moments After Calling Woman A 'Voodoo N***a B***h'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Louisiana Man Did NOT Drop Dead Moments After Calling Woman A 'Voodoo N***a B***h' No VooDoo

Did a Louisiana man drop dead moments after using a racist and sexist slur to accuse a woman of practicing voodoo? No, that's not true: It is a claim that has no factual support, no sourcing and the photograph used to illustrate the article is from a 2018 shooting crime scene not involving voodoo. The website that published the story is new and does not include satire labeling, although the article might have been intended as a joke.

The story originated in an article published by Bok Daily on September 13, 2020 titled "Louisiana man drop dead moments after calling woman a 'Voodoo n*gga b*tch' - bok daily" (archived here) which opened:

New Orleans | A Caucasian male in his 40s was declared dead yesterday after he suddenly fell during a hostile argument with a black female. According to eyewitnesses, the man was being racist to the black female who obviously practices voodoo. They exchanged harsh words for a while and no one was able to deescalate the situation. Rodney, a passerby said he was just jogging when he stopped to observe two angry people arguing in the street. "I was not going to let him talk to a sister like that but she signaled me that she got it. He was saying all type of bull, black people are ungrateful, go back where you come from all the usual racist thing but he made a mistake when he called her a n*gga b*tch"

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Louisiana man drop dead moments after calling woman a 'Voodoo n*gga b*tch' - bok daily

New Orleans|A Caucasian male in his 40s was declared dead yesterday after he suddenly fell during a hostile argument with a black female. According to eyewitnesses, the man was being racist to the black female who obviously practices voodoo. They exchanged harsh words for a while and no one was able to deescalate the situation. [...]

The top of the story used this photo to depict the purported crime scene:

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We found the same image used in this May 24, 2018, article on NOLA.com titled Man killed in St. Roch shooting Thursday morning, New Orleans police say:

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In this case, a gun -- not a voodoo doll -- was used in the crime.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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