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Joe Montana Dead? Joe Cool Becomes Victim of Internet Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 26, 2013 01:56 AM EDT

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Joe Montana is dead. At least that's what the Internet is saying, however the former pro football player didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax. Joe Montana is fine.

A report surfaced this week by Global Associated News saying that Montana died in a car accident. The reports reads, "Pro football player Joe Montana is confirmed to have died in a single vehicle car accident. One other male passenger in the 2012 BMW driven by Joe Montana has been transported to a local California hospital and is reported to be in serious condition.

A spokesperson for the California highway safety authority (HSA) indicated that wet road conditions are the likely cause of the accident. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in this accident.

Team spokespersons could not be reached for comment at this time."

Since there are so many details, it may be easy to believe, however the 57-year-old hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs didn't die. Global Associated News creates false reports. A note at the bottom of the site reads, "FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment."

Fans who got wind of the report took to Twitter to question and mourn the death of Joe Cool. Some tweets include:

"Just read that Joe Montana was in a single vehicle accident and did not survive. Is this true?"

"Is the joe montana car accident story or real?"

"Joe Montana just died?!

"Is it true? Is Joe Montana really dead??"

 

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