Thursday, November 30, 2006

Breaking news

UPDATE: Apparently this is a hoax

Comments: This bogus "news story" credited to AP began making the email rounds on June 2, 2006. No such article was published by the Associated Press or any other legitimate media outlet.
Though its exact origin has yet to be determined, an
early version was posted on the Museum of Hoaxes message board on December 20, 2005.
One obvious clue that it's a prank is this purported quote -- actually a popular catchphrase from "Family Matters" -- from White's suicide note: "Did I do that?"
The answer is no.


I received this in an email. May his soul rest in peace. I loved family matters and even just watched a re-run on tuesday!

Jaleel White ('Steve Urkel') Is Dead


LOS ANGELES, California (AP) --
Jaleel White, who played 'nerdy ' neighbor Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" found dead Monday. He was 29 years old.
White was pronounced dead on arrival after admission to an LA hospital early Monday morning. The death is being investigated as a suicide.
Born Jaleel Ahmad White, he began his career at the age of three acting in television commercials, before landing guest spots on shows such as "The Jeffersons" and "Mr. Belvedere." It was in 1989 that White landed the role that would make him famous, playing wacky neighbor 'Steve Urkel' on the ABC program "Family Matters."
Following the cancellation of "Family Matters" in 1997, friends claim White became obsessed with the character, and grew despondent, despite further successes as star and producer of the UPN sitcom "Grownups", and as a writer for NBA.com Neighbor and friend, Bradley Spencer alerted police after hearing what he described as "a loud bang" coming from White's Los Angeles apartment.
Authorities state that upon entering the home they discovered a young African-American male with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Also found was a note, which read simply "Did I do that?", a popular catchphrase from the show.
"Jaleel was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a great comedic actor," said William Bickley, who created the series, and Thomas L. Miller, one of the executive producers, in a joint statement.
"We feel privileged to have known him and worked with him. He'll be missed and remembered every day by his many, many friends," they said.
Actress Kellie Williams -- Laura Winslow on the series -- described White as a consummate professional actor. "Everyone adored him," she said.
"We have all lost a dear, dear brother," said Reginald VelJohnson, who played Carl Winslow. White, an only child, is survived by "cousins, aunts, uncles, and wonderful friends," Bickley said.

Doesn't say anything about parents...hmm

14 comments:

LondonBuki said...

Wow!!! May His Soul rest in Peace.

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LondonBuki said...

Apparently he is not dead:

HERE

Funmi said...

its probably a publicity stunt....

Patrice said...

Although not quite the Lazarus phenomonen, let's hope this at least revives his career.

"June 9, 2006: I'm very much alive and well!"
(From the Jaleel White home page)

Hmm . . . let the döppelganger theories begin.

Mona said...

Na wa oh, this one that its either a hoax or not, I just hope it is!

BabaAlaye said...

I got the mail too. I think it's a cheap Publicity stunt.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

who - I think I dont know the guy - or maybe know him but not know him by name - LOL -

Gbemi's Piece said...

I don't think it's a publicity stunt. It doesn't do anything for Jaleel White's career. It's been on the internet for a while now but it's definitely NOT TRUE. Steve Urkel is still alive.

Uzo said...

LOL> I heard this a little while back. I doubt its a publicity stunt. Somebody just thought it might be funny or was this meant to be symbolic of the death of his career? Either way, its in very bad taste

nosa101 said...

And i was about to pray for his soul.......................the outrage

Biodun said...

Yeah, I remember when this was all over the internet, this past summer, yeye people

Vera Ezimora said...

LOL. You see this yeye Buki ehn? She just rushes 2 leave 2 comment b4 reading it. You see why I wanna kick this gal's ass?

Anyways, you've been tagged on my blog. Did I tell you already??

UnNaked Soul said...

holy molly! is it true? google where art thou?!

well, his soul needs some attention anyways... :D