ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Just days after the wrestling world lost one of its most famous sons - James Brian Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior - social media was abuzz with the news of another tragic loss: that of Mark Calaway, aka The Undertaker.

Thankfully, the news was in fact a hoax - and a pretty half-hearted one at that. A 'satirical' news site, Empire Sports, posted a report of his death, which was picked up by many social media sources, and spread widely within a few hours.

Calaway is however alive and well, and it seems likely that in the actual event of his death, his wife would not be quoted - as on Empire Sports - as saying:

"Being totally honest, I was going into the bedroom feeling completely in the mood. I saw that he was sleeping so I went to wake him and nothing. Not even a hint of him waking up. So I got worried and tried shaking him and shoving him and even hitting him across the back with a folding chair. Nothing working. I checked him breathing and there was a very short breath every few seconds. I called 911 and by the time they got here there was no breathing at all. They fought to bring him back and nothing."

All of which is good news for a community still reeling from the loss of The Ultimate Warrior - if not for those who were fooled by the cynical hoax.

What do you guys think? Was the hoax in bad taste, or a legitimate piece of satire? Let me know below!


Was the hoax in bad taste?

via The Independent


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