I saw a friend commenting on an article yesterday purporting that Floyd Mayweather had just died of a cocaine overdose. My friend was asking if it was true, and people seemed to think that it was. However, I did the first thing I always do when I hear about this sort of thing. I checked Google News for recent articles about Floyd Mayweather.
I didn’t find anything about an overdose. Not a single article. Everything on Google News for Floyd Mayweather related to his boxing career.
Now, I know that Google News isn’t dispositive on anything, but doesn’t it seem like some articles would come up if news of his demise was true? I really doubt a site called Despiertatico would have an exclusive. If this was real, other sites would be reporting on it.
To date, I still haven’t found another source indicating anything in support of Mayweather overdosing. Nothing. In fact, I’ve found something calling the Despiertatico report a hoax. I have no reason to trust this other site either, other than the fact that no one else seems to be reporting on something that would surely be commented upon.
I always look for at least some confirming sources for this kind of thing. Confirming sources aren’t dispositive by any means either, but something that only comes up in a single news source (especially not a known one) is almost always a hoax.