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Old 02-19-2014, 08:12 PM
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I'd sooner hack it up to the shoddy state of modern-day journalism than to malicious intent.

Add to that social media being taken a little too literally as news sources sometimes, and you have a recipe for disaster.

My guess is someone probably wondered "aloud" (or in print) whether the prolongued coma was a good sign. Someone else probably thought he could have died and we wouldn't hear about it right away (which, to be fair, I certainly hope we wouldn't find out right away).

Heck, someone taking care of him might have let slip something about doctors being worried about something to do with his status.

And then it's a telephone game from there and, before you know it, he's dead.

Except he's not. And no one bothers to check for the longest time. They just pass the rumour around.
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