China ‘Billionaire killed by champagne bottle cork’ is Fake; Dingxiang Loeng Story a Hoax

An article saying Chinese billionaire “Dingxiang Loeng” was killed by a champagne bottle cork going off and hitting him in the temple is fake.

The bunk article was posted on World News Daily Report, which posts satirical articles.

“Hong Kong| 49-year old Dingxiang Loeng, a well-known and very flamboyant Chinese businessman, died this morning in his suite of the Island Shangri-La hotel during a reception he was holding for his birthday. According to some of the 217 witnesses of the tragedy, it is while opening a champagne bottle that the billionaire was hit violently in the temple by the cork, an accident that caused a fatal brain hemorrhage,” the article, which had thousands of shares, said.

According to a disclaimer, World News Daily Report isn’t real and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

“World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction,” it says.

The site also joking describes itself as “an American Jewish Zionist newspaper based in Tel Aviv and dedicated on covering biblical archeology news and other mysteries around the Globe … Our News Team is composed of award winning christian, muslim and jewish journalists, retired Mossad agents and veterans of the Israeli Armed Forces.”