Will Ferrell Death Hoax

Was actor Will Ferrell killed in a paragliding accident.?

David Mikkelson

Published Nov 26, 2007

Claim: Actor Will Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident.

Example: [i-Newswire.com, 2006]

Los Angeles — Actor Will Ferrell accidentally died in a freak para-gliding accident yesterday in Torey Pines, Southern California. The accident apparently happened somewhere near the famed paragliding site after a freak wind gush basically blew Ferrell and his companion towards a wooded area where they lost control before crashing into the dense foilage.

Ferrell and his professional guide, Horacio Gomez of Airtek Paragliding Center attempted the jump at around 2 in the afternoon. According to witnesses, the conditions were basically ideal for para-gliding and the weather did’nt pose a problem at all.

The jump started normally as Ferrell and Gomez glided carefully across the vast area and were seemed headed into the righ direction just before what witnesses said a freak wind somehow blew them off course, causing the paragliding professional Gomez to somehow lose control.

As horrified witnesses looked on, the duo headed straight for the dense woods near the jump off point and crashed at an estimated 60 mph hitting the trees as they hurtled to the ground.

Some friends of the actor who witnessed the accident immediately called up 911. The paramedics vainly attempted to revive the two on their way to the nearby UCSD Thornton Hospital in nearby La Jolla.

The duo suffered major injuries to the head and broken bones that caused the death of the two.

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In an interview with Will’s parents who was John W. Ferrell in real life, Mary and Hubert Ferrell said their sonn died while doing one of the things he loved the most.

Will was a graduate of the University of California where he finished his Sports Information Degree. Will was born on July 16, 1968. He was 36.

Origins: The above-quoted account comes from a press release published (and then withdrawn) by on March 2006. The faux press release falsely claimed that comedian/actor Will Ferrell (of Saturday Night Live fame) and a guide were blown off course by a gust of wind while paragliding and crashed into trees before hitting the ground “at an estimated sustaining injuries that resulted in both their deaths.

The press release was nothing but a hoax perpetrated by persons as yet unidentified:

iNewswire tried, but failed to find the source of the bogus Ferrell story. The trickster, a non-paying customer, used a proxy server — the ISP address can’t be traced. All that’s known about the anonymous user is that he or she tried, but failed to post about 10-15 other press releases on the site, including one that clarified that “Will Ferrell is not really dead.”

Will Ferrell is alive and well and is reportedly filming in Montreal, far away from “Torey Pines” [sic], California. His publicist has confirmed his non-deceasement:

“Not much to say other than we heard and read about it this morning and reacted accordingly,” Ferrell’s publicist Matthew Labov said in an email. was no point in trying to track [the source] down as it was obviously a hoax.”

Horror moment paraglider plunges to his death in fireball crash after his chute gets severed by a KITE

THIS is the horror moment a paraglider plunged to his death in a fireball crash after his chute got severed by a kite.

Daredevil pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues is said have burned to death when his aircraft spiralled to the ground in Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, yesterday.

Pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues, 52, died and had part of his body burned after an accident with his paraplane

Pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues, 52, died and had part of his body burned after an accident with his paraplane Credit: CEN

Rodrigues had his chute cut in half by a kite

Video footage caught Rodrigues' final moments as he plummeted to the ground

Firefighters rushed to the scene but were unable to revive the 52-year-old paraglider, who was found dead in a field.

Rodrigues’ final moments were recorded in grim video footage.

The experienced pilot is seen flying into a slow descent when one of the parachute lines on his aircraft jerks suddenly.

Within seconds, it collapses and the machine plummets to the ground.

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Rodrigues’ friend, a professional powered parachute pilot and instructor Itiel Lima, was at the scene of the accident when his pal crashed.

He believes the aircraft fell after the parachute lines were cut by a rogue kite line coated with powdered glass.

In Brazil, flying kites with “cerol” – a mixture of glue and ground glass – applied to the lines is a popular pastime among children.

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The aim of the game is to cut the line of the opponent’s kite. The practice is illegal and results in numerous deaths every year.

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Itiel said: “Unfortunately, a kite with a cerol line cut all the lines of the paraplane.

“After that, he fell vertically, the fuel tank burst and, as the engine was hot, he had his body partially charred.”

A powered parachute, also known as a motorised parachute or a paraplane, is a type of aircraft that consists of a parafoil with a motor and wheels.

They typically travel at about 25 to 35mph and operate at heights between 500 and 1,500 feet.

A friend believes Rodrigues' parachute was cut by a kite coated in powered glass

Rodrigues was using a paraplane - also known as a motorised parachute - when he died

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Horror moment paraglider plunges to his death in fireball crash after his chute gets severed by a KITE

THIS is the horror moment a paraglider plunged to his death in a fireball crash after his chute got severed by a kite.

Daredevil pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues is said have burned to death when his aircraft spiralled to the ground in Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, yesterday.

Pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues, 52, died and had part of his body burned after an accident with his paraplane

Pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues, 52, died and had part of his body burned after an accident with his paraplane Credit: CEN

Rodrigues had his chute cut in half by a kite

Video footage caught Rodrigues' final moments as he plummeted to the ground

Firefighters rushed to the scene but were unable to revive the 52-year-old paraglider, who was found dead in a field.

Rodrigues’ final moments were recorded in grim video footage.

The experienced pilot is seen flying into a slow descent when one of the parachute lines on his aircraft jerks suddenly.

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Within seconds, it collapses and the machine plummets to the ground.

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Rodrigues’ friend, a professional powered parachute pilot and instructor Itiel Lima, was at the scene of the accident when his pal crashed.

He believes the aircraft fell after the parachute lines were cut by a rogue kite line coated with powdered glass.

In Brazil, flying kites with “cerol” – a mixture of glue and ground glass – applied to the lines is a popular pastime among children.

The aim of the game is to cut the line of the opponent’s kite. The practice is illegal and results in numerous deaths every year.

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Itiel said: “Unfortunately, a kite with a cerol line cut all the lines of the paraplane.

“After that, he fell vertically, the fuel tank burst and, as the engine was hot, he had his body partially charred.”

A powered parachute, also known as a motorised parachute or a paraplane, is a type of aircraft that consists of a parafoil with a motor and wheels.

They typically travel at about 25 to 35mph and operate at heights between 500 and 1,500 feet.

A friend believes Rodrigues' parachute was cut by a kite coated in powered glass

Rodrigues was using a paraplane - also known as a motorised parachute - when he died

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