George Zimmerman has not been found dead after killing himself accidentally, but a viral fake news report is saying that he’s dead.
Cream Bmp Daily, a satire website that publishes only fake news, said Zimmerman was found dead.
“911 first responders found George Zimmerman’s lifeless body at a Florida gun range after responding to an emergency call that he shot himself while loading his weapon,” the hoax reads. “An Orlando sheriff admits he doesn’t plan to fully investigate for foul play as they don’t want to waste tax money on a death that was going to happen one way or another,” the article continues.
Cream Bmp has a disclaimer saying it’s “satire.”
“CreamBmp.com Written by comedian CREAM. This website is comprised of satire and parody of current news and urban culture. For entertainment purposes only,” the disclaimer reads.
The article about Zimmerman had thousands of shares on Facebook as of Tuesday. Some users on the social media websites apparently believed the story about his death.
“George Zimmerman accidentally shot himself dead.? Lmao,” one person said on Twitter, attributing the fake death to “karma.”
“So George Zimmerman was found dead,” wrote one user. Another shot back on Twitter: “Somebody lied to you.”
Zimmerman over the weekend appeared at a gun show in Orlando and signed autographs, TMZ reported.
Several weeks ago, the 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer said that he’s homeless and suffering from PTSD, according to an interview he gave with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year, which sparked outrage.
“He (Martin) saw my gun and told me he would kill me, and I knew he was telling the truth. I mean, was not playing,” he said, according to Univision. “I asked him to stop …. And the young man did not care. Continued attacking … I knew he would not stop even though I knew that someone had seen (the fight) and the police are coming. He did not care.”