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Wikipedia Hoax: Comedian Sinbad Is Dead

By March 15, 2007

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The emails started coming in early this morning, headers blaring "Sinbad, the comedian, died today, heart attack." Attached was an excerpt from the freshly-revised Wikipedia entry on the 50-year-old entertainer, born David Adkins on November 10, 1956, which contained the sentence, "He succumbed to a fatal heart attack on the morning of March, 14, 2007."

It is a hoax. The revision history of the Wikipedia article shows that it was repeatedly vandalized, corrected, and vandalized again beginning on March 14 and continuing until it was closed to further editing 24 hours later. When last I checked, the entry was correct.

I have spoken with a representative at Sinbad's production company, David & Goliath Productions, who said that Sinbad is alive and well, and any rumor to the contrary is false.

Links & Updates:

Wikipedia: Sinbad (actor) - Vandalized entry, March 14, 2007
Wikipedia: Sinbad (actor) - Corrected entry, March 15, 2007
SINBAD IS NOT DEAD! - EURWeb.com, March 15, 2007
Sinbad Alive and Well - Shecky Magazine, March 15, 2007
Comic Sinbad Resurrected After Online Demise - Reuters, March 15, 2007
Celebrity Gossip - About.com

Comments

March 15, 2007 at 2:15 pm
(1) Jason says:

Yeah for Sinbad! We love Sindbad. Long live one of the kings of comedy.

March 15, 2007 at 2:23 pm
(2) Pat says:

This is NOT an issue to joke about…shame on you!

March 15, 2007 at 2:45 pm
(3) allison says:

whomever sent this hoax out is sick and wrong….and need some help…….

March 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm
(4) Kerri says:

Doesn’t the person(s) doing this have anythin better to do?

March 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm
(5) Endy says:

I hope that this isn’t some sort of publicity stunt by Sinbad’s team in order to make a come back. Shame, Shame.

March 15, 2007 at 3:38 pm
(6) Bianca says:

Why would you say that Sinbad is dead!
SHAME ON YOU!SHAME ON YOU!SHAME ON YOU!

March 15, 2007 at 4:50 pm
(7) Jessica says:

I am so relieved to hear that this was just a hoax.

The people who made this stuff up need to get a life or find a better way to spend their time and don’t waste our time with such horrible lies.

Sinbad we are glad to hear your ok!

March 15, 2007 at 5:28 pm
(8) KJ says:

My mom sent me the e-mail saying that Sinbad was dead, which I subsequently sent around the office.

After googling this news, we all learned (and were relieved)that rumors of his death were false.

I was promptly chastized and reprimanded for sending around junk e-mail to coworkers.

March 15, 2007 at 5:29 pm
(9) theresa says:

That s%&# wasn’t even funny, may someone kick you a@# for that!

March 15, 2007 at 5:30 pm
(10) Mik says:

Who cares, Sinbad sucks anyway.

March 15, 2007 at 6:16 pm
(11) kevjohn says:

This dude at my job told me Sinbad was dead earlier today. I believe him. He’s always right.

Statisticard.

March 15, 2007 at 6:26 pm
(12) CJ says:

YOU ALL ARE SICK SAYING HE’S DEAD!!
Get a life, worry about when YOU yourself will check out!

March 15, 2007 at 6:31 pm
(13) DE says:

We really need to pray for anyone who would tell a supposed joke like this. There is NOTHING funny here. Sinbad has entertained millions of people for many years and I am angry, make that very angry that this hoax ever escaped the sick, sick mind of its author. SHAME ON YOU!

March 15, 2007 at 6:34 pm
(14) Mik says:

Don’t worry guys, skinbad doesn’t even know what Wikipedia is.

March 15, 2007 at 7:56 pm
(15) dave says:

As a (white) sinbad look-a-like. I hope he lives to be a wrinkled old man. Long live my brother.

March 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm
(16) kimw says:

this was not good…false advertising anyone’s death awful. i didnt hear it on the news so i found it hard to believe they wouldnt tell it. meanwhile “who’s your baby’s daddy” anna is plastering the news… now i say “who cares”

March 16, 2007 at 3:27 am
(17) KayeHunt Bell says:

This was not funny! Sinbad we love you, and pray for you and your family continue health and success.

March 16, 2007 at 10:38 am
(18) SACTOWNBRUCE says:

Sinbad is a funny man and many people enjoy him, why do people think it’s funny to make up lies like this ? it’s not funny

March 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm
(19) andy says:

that’s not funny.

March 16, 2007 at 1:46 pm
(20) wheeli says:

Hey with a site like Wikipedia, you always have to get a second confirmation.

Who is for sure it was meant to be a joke. After all some one may have heard it some where, went to Wikipedia, updated the entry, then it was fixed, and then another person, who had heard the rumor, went to Wikipedia, updated it again.

With the Type of Site Wikipedia is, this could have happend very innocently.

Why is everyone always so quixk to think evil intent?

March 16, 2007 at 1:56 pm
(21) Dyk says:

I thought it was funny.

March 16, 2007 at 2:57 pm
(22) Winston C. Harrell says:

Unfortunately this kind of thing goes with the territory, the entertaiment field that is. Sinbad, “Live long and prosper, as Spock would say”.

March 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm
(23) Winston says:

Unfortunately this kind of thing goes with the territory, the entertainment field that is. Sinbad, “Live long and prosper”, as Spock would say.

March 16, 2007 at 6:43 pm
(24) Elizabeth L Barber says:

How freakin stupid and mean can people be. Why in the world would someone say that someone is dead when indeed they are alive. You know, who ever started that better watch their own life…Sinbad, we love you and would love to see you live in Louisville, KY someday soon.

March 16, 2007 at 9:45 pm
(25) SSGA says:

So glad it was just a hoax, and no…it wasn’t funny.

March 18, 2007 at 12:48 am
(26) Chris says:

Yo I thought he was really dead, shoot, LOL anyways he migth as well be He aint making not making the news, see If he was dead he would finally get sum real spotlight!!!!!!

March 19, 2007 at 5:13 pm
(27) Sheneneh Jenkins says:

EEEH, looks like there’s a bunch of PLAYER-HATERS on this board…

I guess you all are jealous because Sinbad is famous and all you have to do all day is wish hate on everyone on this board.

First it was Jaleel White, now Sinbad. Someone needs to school Wikipedia before they say that Sherman Hemsley is shaking hands with Jesus.

You so craaaaaazy.

March 21, 2007 at 11:07 am
(28) KILLA MIKE says:

I GOT 20 G’S FOR THE PERSON THAT BRINGS ME THE HEAD OF THE CHUMP WHO STARTED THIS RUMOR!!!

March 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm
(29) MARTY says:

I THINK THAT WAS AN HUGE MISTAKE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT AND LET ALONE WRITE ABOUT IT BEFORE RESEARCHING THE INFOR . PEOPLE NEED TO MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS. THIS IS INMATURE ON THEIR PART AND DISRESPECTFUL TO SINBAD . WHO HAVE NEVER HURT ANY ONE IN HIS LIFE . I MET HIM PERSONALLY WHEN HE FIRST STRTED OUT IN ALABAMA AT COMEDY CLUB I WORKED AS A HAIRSTYLIST TWO DOORS FROM THERE . SO YOU ALL NEED TO GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE AIRING LIES ON THE INTERNET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

March 22, 2007 at 9:58 am
(30) Sheneneh Jenkins says:

#29 – Yo, Marty, can you do weaves and extensions? And how much you charge?

March 22, 2007 at 5:17 pm
(31) Brandon says:

Why, oh why, couldn’t this be true? Sinbad has done more damage to the comedic profession in one stand up routine than most comics could hope to do in their entire lives. He’s about as funny as finding out you have testicular cancer.

March 23, 2007 at 9:52 am
(32) Sheneneh Jenkins says:

Brandon, please put up facts for your statement. Otherwise, SNAP – you is dismissed.

March 25, 2007 at 1:24 pm
(33) bill says:

Thanks, Sinbad. Sue that wannabe encyclopedia company. It’s too soon for you to go.

March 26, 2007 at 1:55 pm
(34) Harry L says:

That’s the problem with an open project like Wiki. Anyone can throw out something without any research or facts and many people will believe what they read.

April 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
(35) Andreas & Mary says:

Phew… – I was talking about Sindbad last night after my Birthday Dinner at the Precinct in Cincinnati (Outstanding by the way) – she told me that he passes… I was literally in shock and very sad about that. – I am very glad that I just found out that it was a sick hoax… Rock On!!!

January 13, 2008 at 5:26 am
(36) pamelakworkoutgirl says:

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July 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(37) Elmo says:

Re: #8 (KJ):

Chastised and reprimanded, yes, you should indeed have been. People like you circulate too many false things via email, and our world is dumber for those who believe and pass on such gossip.

December 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(38) Sherry says:

Sinbad is one of the funniest comics to date. He is so funny, and needs no filth or profanity to make his audience laugh. I wish I could have had the opportunity to have seen him on stage rather than television.

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