Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bizare events-The death of Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican publisher, entrepreneur and key figure in many Pan-African movements, was killed by somebody pretending he’d already died.

Legend has it that Garvey expired as the result of several heart attacks induced by the shock of reading a premature and highly negative obituary of himself published in the Chicago Defender. The offending article described him as “broke, alone and unpopular”, flying in the face of the dictum “never speak ill of the dead.” (Although, at the time it was written Garvey was actually still alive, so perhaps they can be let off…)

strangest-deaths-marcusThere are many theories that media coverage actually creates the reality it is supposed to report on. Being killed by reading your own obituary is a rather extreme example of said phenomenon.


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