News spread across social media on Tuesday morning that the Brazilian striker Wesley Lopes had tragically passed away at the age of 35 after suffering a heart attack while training.
A news outlet in Romania, where Lopes previously plied his trade, was published online and the story subsequently spread like wildfire - as you’d expect it would.
However, several hours later came an unexpected but much-welcomed twist: Lopes wasn’t dead at all. The striker was very much alive.
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Despite reports that the striker collapsed and doctors unsuccessfully attempted to revive him, Lopes has since told reporters that he feels “healthier than ever”.
Such a story must have come as a huge shock, more so to Lopes’ friends and family than the player himself, who obviously knew he was still alive and kicking.
Lopes: 'I heard that somebody killed me'
“I heard that somebody killed me,” the South American was quoted as saying by The Sun. “What a joke … I am better and healthier than ever.
“Right now I am with my wife and my son and we feel good. I do not know where this news came out bad.
“I think someone wanted to make a joke. Calm down! Wesley got long to live.
“I received many calls from Romania, but they are very good.”
This should serve as a valuable lesson to all websites: always double-check your sources first before claiming that someone has died.
Lopes' career to date
Lopes is the all-time leading foreign goalscorer in Romanian football history, with 62 goals to his name following a three-year spell with FC Vaslui.
The Brazilian has also played for several other clubs during his career including Alaves, Al-Hilal and Millonarios.
He’s now back in Brazil and plying his trade for Barbarense, who will no doubt be mightily relieved that their striker is still with us.
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