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Mystery as Champagne cork kills Chinese billionaire

August 7, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A flamboyant 49-year-old Chinese billionaire has been killed by a flying Champagne cork during his birthday reception at the Island Shangri-La hotel.

That report from Hong Kong created a social media storm yesterday.

Dingxiang Loeng, described as “a well-known and flamboyant Chinese businessman” was said to have been struck violently in the temple by a Champagne cork and rushed to hospital, where he died of a brain haemorrhage. Even worse, the Champagne was later found to be fake.

“The accident took place during a sumptuous party that was being held to celebrate Mr. Loeng’s 50th birthday, that would have taken place on August 2nd,” the World News Daily Report said.

“Nearly 200 guests were present, including most of Hong Kong’s political and economic elite, when the celebrated, after a brief speech, opened a bottle of champagne and was hit violently in the head by the cork. Fallen billionaire

“Many witnesses actually laughed at first, greatly underestimating the severity of the injury,  but an eerie silence rapidly overcame the crowd as Mr. Loeng remained unconscious and the medical staff was urged on the site.”

And so the report went on.

Given to importance of Chinese billionaires to tourism, fashion, travel and many other aspects of human endeavour, the story generated a lot of traction – at first.

The deceased was said to have been “notorious for his drinking habit, drug problems and bad temper, having been arrested more than 30 times over the years for various charges, including public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, driving under the influence of alcohol and assault on a hotel doorman.”

Strong doubts were then cast on the tale. Journalists started looking at the news site that had triggered the whole thing. Even though the story included an apparent picture of the billionaire being taken to hospital, and another of weeping revellers at the birthday party, other headlines on the site seemed highly suspect.

Stories on World News Daily Report include: Japanese whaling crew eaten alive by killer wales, 16 dead; Filipino man dressed as wife marries sister via Skype; Man with third testicle mystifies scientific community;’ Man condemned to two years in prison for super-gluing 17 people to toilets – and so on.

It turns out the site specialises in satirical stories and invented “news”. In the fast-moving world of social media, “a lie can be halfway around the world before truth has got its boots on,” – as someone once said, who knows who?

Hoaxes move at the same speed as lies, apparently.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. m m says:

    what a shame to celebrate with fake champgne
    May bethe guests were too many!
    Cost saving policy by the servants?

  2. m m says:

    OK what else you want me to say?

    what a shame to celebrate with fake champgne
    May bethe guests were too many!
    Cost saving policy by the servants?

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