Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest soccer player ever, has reportedly died in a car accident. According to reports, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The news, however, is yet to be confirmed by any official source. After initial shock, fans have started recovering as it turned out to be a hoax, probably created by FakeAWish.com. According to the website, it is really simple to create a death hoax for any celebrity.
The website has pre-formatted fake stories, which can be used to shock people. According to the story doing rounds over the cyber world, Maradona’s car was believed to have been moving at around 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone, when the accident took place.
The legend was apparently identified by photo ID found on his body. The story also says there was no alcohol or drug involved in the accident.
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The hoax was soon debunked. According to Media Mass, the 55-year-old soccer icon is “alive and well.” It confirms that the story is a complete hoax. A Facebook page called “R.I.P Maradona,” nevertheless, has been created, even though there is no credibility of the news.
Maradona is probably the most controversial figure in world soccer, especially because of the mix incredible genius and eccentricity. He is often critical about FIFA. His political views and love for communist legend Fidel Castro have also made him a controversial personality in the western world.
He has a history of drug addiction. Even when he was at his prime as a player, he was accused of taking drugs. He was previously hospitalized for drug overdose. At least once in his life, his heath was so critical that there was doubt about his survival. In November 2015, an operation was performed on him to adjust a previous gastric bypass operation, according to Zee News.
For many, Maradona is the greatest soccer player ever. The death hoax is not going to please any of them.