LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Carmen Winstead, David Gregory fake death from 1823 is striking Facebook today. The Carmen Winstead death tale purports that Carmen was pushed down a drain, namely a sewer opening, by girls at her school. The tale goes on to assert that users of Facebook will suffer the same death as David Gregory, 16. David purportedly recently received a note about Carmen and ignored it.
The entire escapade, however, is a hoax which has dominated news for over six years. While news analysts have never been able to determine the origin of the mythical story, it reappeared earlier this week via email. Tonight it is striking Facebook. The story is completely fake.
Early news reports about the fake Carmen Winstead, David Gregory death began surfacing as early as 2006 on MySpace. But while the story is false, it is being republished across social media this week in not just English but also French and Spanish, claims news.
In recent months, fake celebrity death stories have decreased in occurrences. With the occasional fake Jackie Chan of Miley Cyrus death tale, false celebrity death stories have slowed down in recent months. For example, Tiger Woods is not dead, as Global Associated aka Media Fetcher is claiming today. That false report claims erroneously that “pro golfer Tiger Woods was found unresponsive in his luxury vacation rental house near the Roko Ki golf resort in the Dominican Republic earlier today and later pronounced dead from what appears to be natural causes.”
But for unexplained reasons, Carmen Winstead and David Gregory tales are spinning out of control today, now on Facebook. Roughly seven years ago, the story first made news appearing via email and then MySpace. At the time it read “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill.” News analysts noted that the tale later added “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, her neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. ” In some versions, the tale asserts that Carmen died in 1823.
The story then twists to insert a second cast member, David. It further claims that “16 year old David Gregory read this post and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it.” Then it adds “He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep, 5 hours later his mom woke up in the middle of the night cause of a loud noise, David was gone, that morning a few hours later the police found him in the sewer, his neck broke.”
The false message warns readers “If you don’t repost this saying ‘She was pushed’ or ‘They pushed her down a sewer’ then Carmen will get you, either from a sewer, the toilet, the shower, or when you go to sleep you’ll wake up in the sewer, in the dark, then Carmen will come and kill you.” The entire Carmen tale is false. Tiger Woods is alive. And the characters Carmen Winstead and David Gregory were made up roughly six years ago.