In one of the stranger, more elaborate death hoaxes to hit the Internet and way beyond, a new report suggests Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o's girlfriend did not die this year, as had been previously reported.
In fact, she never even existed.
Some quick background:
- Te’o was a Heisman Trophy finalist who led Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season.
- On September 12, news broke that his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, passed away from leukemia. The story became national news three days later after Te’o starred in an Irish victory and said Kekua encouraged him to play.
- Kekua's funeral took place on September 22, with Te’o not in attendance and with the above message displayed across television screens, supposedly proving that this was in accordance with his late girlfriend's wishes.