Cam Newton Died? Nope, Death Hoax Viral on Twitter; Also ‘Turnover’ Meme Goes Viral

December 9, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Cam Newton was involved in a car accident on Tuesday, which caused his truck to overturn several times. On Twitter, users were tweeting “RIP Cam Newton” or commenting that he “died” or was “dead,” but those rumors aren’t true.

He escaped the accident relatively unscathed.

Newton, 25, was taken to a nearby hospital for tests. He was listed in fair condition.

There were also memes on Twitter saying Newton had another “turnover”–a double entendre referring to the car accident and the number of interceptions and fumbles he’s had this season.



The accident took place around 12:30 p.m., according to Charlotte police. Both Newton and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Panthers released a statement saying Newton will be held overnight for observation but that the franchise quarterback “is in fair condition and undergoing tests at Carolinas Medical Center.”

Team owner Jerry Richardson told the Charlotte Observer that Newton is “in good shape,” after speaking with Carolinas Medical Center doctors.

Preliminary tests performed on Newton indicate he escaped a rollover accident without suffering any fractures or other serious injuries.

“At this point, it looks like he’s just got scrapes and bruises, but he should be OK,” a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. “He’s going to be sore and beat up, but he should be relatively OK.”


The Charlotte Observer gave more details on the accident:

A witness, Tony Douglas, said he was walking on Church Street toward the Transit Center when he saw a sedan and the truck collide.

Douglas said the truck was heading south on Church and the Buick sedan was crossing Church from Hill Street when they hit.

The truck flipped several times, he said, coming to rest on its side. Douglas said he ran to the truck and saw the quarterback inside.

Afterward, he said, Newton “was alert. He was in pain.”

The Buick’s driver, writhing in pain on the sidewalk, told police that he was crossing Church Street when a truck “came flying down” Church and struck him.

Both Newton and the other driver were placed on backboards and in neck braces before being transported by ambulance.