Former UFC Fighter Kimo Leopoldo: Not Dead, Says Attorney
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Most of the reports followed TMZ, who last month accurately reported Michael Jackson's death hours before CNN and other more traditional sources. The now-vanished story stated that "several MMA websites are reporting Leopoldo died from a heart attack." Several mainstream sources ran with the story, perhaps given TMZ's early breaking of Jackson's death. The Register is now calling Leopoldo's death "doubtful." Some articles reporting his death are still up as of the writing of this blog, like this one from Inquisitr (whatever that is). The Yahoo! story quotes attorney Victor E. Hobbs as saying that Leopoldo has "surfaced" as of this afternoon.
This is not the first odd news story to involve Leopold, the circumstances around his February arrest are pretty weird, as well; he was arrested for having drugs in his car while wearing a Long Beach police jumpsuit.
(Also, please appreciate our restraint in not using a "Reports of Kimo Leopoldo's Death Greatly Exaggerated headline.)