An article saying a teenager named “Sergio Cardozo” died taking part in the ice bucket challenge for ALS is fake.
The bogus article was posted on Huzlers.com, a self-described satirical website.
“Another person has been reportedly killed while attempting the ice bucket challenge. Sergio Cardozo reportedly died on camera while doing the ice bucket challenge with two fellow friends,” it says. “In the video, Sergio is seen sitting on a chair with a helmet on as two friends are holding a bucket from a balcony. The two friends are holding a plastic trash bin full of ice water and drop the whole trash bin on his head.”
The article had thousands of shares and “likes” on Facebook on Tuesday.
But Huzlers.com has a disclaimer, saying it’s not real.
“Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief,” the disclaimer reads at the bottom of every page on the site.
A few weeks ago, Huzlers posted another bogus article saying a woman died “30 seconds” after taking part in the ice bucket challenge due to a heart attack. It says, “Latasha Brown accepted a friendly online challenge invite from her best friend via Facebook the challenge is to toss a bucket of ice cold water over your body. Latashs Brown died from hypothermia 30 seconds later her frozen body was rushed the the hospital where coroner Will Jackson declared her death.”
There’s not a shred of truth to that report, either.