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This is what had just happened on the first day of December! Users on social media on Saturday (Dec 01) went into a shocked state and became crazy with rumours emerging that New Zealand former cricketer Nathan McCullum passed away. It was reported that the elder McCullum brother died in a hospital owing to some complications.
“Nathan Leslie McCullum (born 1 September 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented New Zealand in Twenty 20 Internationals and One Day Internationals. This evening his wife Vanessa announced that he had passed away,” tweeted New Zealand Cricket FanHub.
However, Nathan took to twitter to clear the air about the fake news of his death. He tweeted his picture with some of his friends and stated that he is ‘alive and kicking more than ever before’. He is just smiling in the party picture he posted and seems to be showing no anger on the one started to spread the fake news.
I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/WZ1nuX4LUo
— Nathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) December 1, 2018
The fake news got to Brendon McCullum who was flying back to New Zealand having completed his assignment in the T10 League in the United Arab Emirates. The younger brother Brendon was not going to take this fake news lightly.
He took to Twitter and promised that ‘whoever put this [fake news] out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.’
Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 1, 2018
A number of social media posts on Saturday (Dec 01) falsely suggested Nathan McCullum had passed away. Most shockingly, Nathan’s Wikipedia page was also edited to suggest his death. However, the page was later edited to suggest that he is still alive. Many follow Wikipedia as an official source of information but incidents like these would take away all the reputation they have!
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