Gabriel Iglesias Found Dead? No, It's a Hoax!

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As shared on Facebook, Nov. 2, 2014:

Rest In Peace Gabriel Iglesias
Netlore Archive: Viral article claims comedian Gabriel Iglesias (aka "Fluffy") died of a "health complication" related to type 2 diabetes. Universalnoticias.org

Description: Fake news / Hoax
Circulating since: Nov. 2014
Status: False (see details below)

Example:
Excerpt from Universalnoticias.org, Nov. 1, 2014:

GABRIEL IGLESIAS FOUND DEAD, NOT CONFIRMED BUT IT SEEMS TO BE A HEALTH COMPLICATION.

Gabriel Iglesias was one of the best standup comedians in the world. His constant touring garnered him international fame and his observational comedy and impressionism provided great comedy gags for the fans. Iglesias’s signature-style Hawaiian t-shirts, jokes about obesity and the smooth story-telling have won him millions of fans. He won numerous awards and accolades, including the key to the city of El Paso. Hector Saldaña dubbed him a “comedy genius.” Funny, charismatic, a people person, the best comedian around were just a few of his many qualities.

Gabriel Iglesias,  (born July 15, 1976) known profesionally  as Gabriel Iglesias and comically as Fluffy died this Friday for causes that are still not confirmed but it seems to be a health complication. He has four sisters and one brother.


Analysis: Completely false. Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias is alive and well and has been actively responding to this hoax via Facebook and Twitter.

"Seriously?! I must be doing good in life," Iglesias tweeted the day after the above article went viral. "More fake #FluffyDied shit popping up."

A few hours later he wrote on his Facebook page:

According to this article below I guess I died Friday and no one decided to tell me. Well, since I'm dead now I guess I can start eating carbs again. It was a good life. Had a great childhood and an amazing career. I traveled the world and got drunk in all 50 states, woooooo! I made a lot of people happy over the years and pissed off most my ex girlfriends in the process. Can't win them all, right? Soooo I guess I want to be buried somewhere people can visit my grave, put pretty flowers and pour diet cokes on my plot. I'm gonna want my estate to buy both plots next to me so that even in death I can stretch my legs. I would love it very much if people were to visit my grave and take selfies with it. Even in death I'm still a social media attention whore, #FarewellFluffy . There should be no charge to visit my grave so don't pay any attention to the shady guy by the gate with the comedy club passes in the new Jaguar trying to raise money by selling tickets to get in the cemetery. U just tell him to go fund himself and he will leave u alone.

Source of the story was a fake news website

The hoax originally appeared November 1, 2014 on the fake news website Universalnoticias.org (now deleted), which explained its rather unusual mission as follows (translated from the Spanish by Google):

The content of this page is not real, it's just a social experiment performed by Canadian students currently enrolled in the Master of Teaching for education in developing countries.

The experiment attempts to collect vital data that may provide information on the relationship between Third World countries and the content they read. People living in the richest and most powerful countries in the world, tend to read at an early age, culture articles, historical, political, investment articles, health articles in all high value that enriches and humans, these items are the "good" question. People living in poor countries mostly prefer reading things celebrities, religious articles, cartoons, novels, and her favorite shows are reality shows, these items are considered "junk".

Our experiment is to obtain data items considered good, and comparing the number of visitors compared to trash items.

By "trash items" the authors presumably mean articles such as this one falsely declaring Mr. Iglesias dead. We look forward to viewing the results of their "experiment." (UPDATE: Apparently the experiment is over. Not long after the article went viral, the entire website was deleted.)

Sources and further reading:

Don't Be Fooled! A Guide to Fake News Websites
About.com: Urban Legends

The Fake News Desk
About.com: Urban Legends

Gabriel Iglesias Bio
FluffyGuy.com

Gabriel Iglesias' Hilarious Response to His Death Hoax
KLAQ.com, 3 November 2014

Gabriel Iglesias Found Dead
Universalnoticias.org, 1 November 2014

¿Por qué existe esta página?
Universalnoticias.org, 1 November 2014

Last updated 11/29/14