Former NBA star Quinton Ross admits it was a "tough" day for his family when he was mistakenly identified by The New York Post as a man found dead on Far Rockaway beach in Queens, New York.
The London Metro reports how the 32-year-old, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets, was alerted to the story by worried friends and relatives trying to get in contact as the story broke.
Ross logged online to discover that his name was clearly featured on the New York Post website, but it was later established that the body had been identified as another man by the same name, not the ex-basketball player who retired in 2011.
The confusion prompted a flurry of speculation to spread across the social media airwaves, with Ross's name quickly trending on Twitter, as rumours about the alleged incident went into overdrive.
Reflecting on the strange ordeal, the old NBA star said: "I mean, it was a tough day, man. Mostly for my family and friends."