In my haste to share breaking news, I sometimes forget to check the validity of the claims, which I disperse amongst friends, family and co-workers. Recently, this caused me a little embarrassment when I mass-emailed hundreds of people with the sad news that David Atkins, better known as stand-up comedian Sinbad, had died of a massive heart attack last Wednesday.
I had come across this news while surfing the “recent events” section of Wikipedia.com, an on-line encyclopedia, which can be updated by a retarded penguin.
It was the initial shock of hearing of his death, which made me forget that Wikipedia was the same news source which once claimed Abraham Lincoln murdered The Notorious B.I.G. under the strict order of Emilio Estevez. Needless to say, while they may have good intentions, the website has been known to contain blatant untruths.
With that said, you have probably figured out by now that Sinbad is not dead.
It was a hoax. Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened. Like Jaleel White, who portrayed mega-geek Steven Q. Urkel on the sitcom “Family Matters”, Sinbad is one of those celebrities who pranksters find hilarious to falsely pronounce dead.
The irony being, to be named Sinbad, he is actually quite a nice person. If you have ever seen his act, you may have noticed that he never swears and will only accept roles, which portray positive or “family friendly” themes.
I read that Sinbad, an avid Internet user, received word of his own death while chatting on-line. I imagine he must have felt like Bruce Willis in the final scene of “The Sixth Sense”.
Addressing the hoax with a great attitude, he was reported as saying the following:
“If somebody has nothing better to do today, then I’m happy that it gave you something to do. Because if that’s all you have to do in your life, you have a sad life. If the best you could do is create a page that said somebody is dead, then your life is already dead.”
Speaking of comedians, Mark Curry, who is most famous as the star of the 90’s sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” recently overcame a tragedy of his own.
On April 17, 2006, an aerosol can that had fallen behind Curry’s water heater exploded and Curry, who was doing laundry at the time, was burned on over 18 percent of his body, including his arm, back and side. Curry considered suicide after waking from a three-day, medically-induced coma, reportedly hoarding pain medication. After speaking with close friends Bill Cosby and oddly enough, Sinbad, he decided not to kill himself. He later appeared on the Montel Williams show to discuss his near-suicide.
Keep in mind that the information written in the paragraph above is cited from (ahem) Wikipedia.com