"Cesar Millan died of a heart attack" was the headline which blazed across computer screen early Wednesday morning. The famous Dog Whisperer is not dead, he was merely hospitalized yesterday.
The Cesar Millan death hoax was not realized until many hours after the original heart attack story ran on the UNAM Noticias website. The original report about the death of the Dog Whisperer claimed that Millan died of a heart attack, which caused his other vital organs to become compromised.
The Millan death hoax story also claimed that Jahira Dar, Millan's wife, the dog trainer's wife, held a press conference to confirm that Cesar had suffered a heart attack and died. "I hope you can understand my loss, and I would appreciate if you can give us our space for mourning," Dar was supposed to have said. Fans of the dog whisperer rushed to his Facebook page to offer their condolences; the Cesar Millan death hoax article quickly went viral.
Earlier today, an internet search revealed only two entries when "Cesar Millan death" was typed into the engine -- neither of which were from any prominent news websites. Distrita News shared the original "Millan dies of a heart attack" story and added some commentary to the piece. "Cesar Millan is a fantastic person, and to spread such news is something that I am not proud of," a statement ultimately released from the website, said.
Here is an excerpt from the Cesar Millan obituary that circulated earlier today.
"The 45 year old Mexican/American, born in De la Cruz, Sinaloa, who made a name for himself with his incredible rehabilitation and training technics wit dogs, duty in which he professionally wrote three books on the topic "Cesar's way" "Be the pack leader" and "Member of the family", he reach worldwide popularity with his TV series "The dog Whisperer", this name would be the new way people knew him, he died this morning in Santa Clarita hospital in California. Millan was hospitalized yesterday afternoon, the medical reports indicate that he suffered a fulminate heart attack, which paralyze his heart unavailable for the blood to reach his brain, and other vital organs, situation witch cause the death of this humanitarian man, who years before open his foundation "Cesar Millan Foundation", where Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith, is Vice-president. [sic]"Although the Cesar Millan death has now widely been regarded as a hoax, no one from his camp has yet to address the rumor -- except maybe his beloved pooch. Cesar Millan's dog, Junior, "released" a statement about his master's death via Facebook.
"Reports of my Pack Leader's untimely demise are greatly exaggerated. I can happily report he is safe, happy, and healthy. I can also tell you he kept me up all night snoring, my breakfast was a little late but I did get a great morning walk. As Cesar keeps telling me: Exercise. Discipline. Affection. -- the key to a long, balanced, and healthy life!"
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[Image via: UNAM Noticias]