Friday, August 17, 2007

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Perez Hilton: Is Fidel Castro dead?

There's an strangely ominous post on celebrity news site tonight wondering aloud if Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died. We know, we know, how many times have you heard that one. Believe us, we know better than to take this sort of thing too seriously here at Posted, but admittedly, Mr. Hilton has piqued our interest — as intrepid night reporter noted, "He's never wrong!" (Well, at least when it comes to celebrities, anyhow.) Here's what he wrote:

Is Castro Dead???

We are hearing very loud rumblings that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died, though it could be just a flare-up of the health rumors that have dogged the tyrant recently.

No official confirmation yet, but we will be following this story closely.

Because we're just so darn dedicated here at the Post, we have a call out to Mr. Hilton now. Hopefully we'll learn something as to where this rumour originated. Will update with quotes shortly.

UPDATE 9:50 p.m.: Post reporter Katie Rook spoke with Mr. Hilton and files these quotes:

"I've been hearing rumblings for days coming from Miami and now finally, I am hearing even louder rumblings. Take that for what it is. Hopefully, their will be some announcement either way: a confirmation or a denial."

"I am working every angle. I work hard and hard work gets good results."

"I've been hearing a lot of things coming from Miami for a couple of days now and then today, I just got some new information that is leading me to believe that he is [dead.] But, you know, it may just be rumours. He had his birthday on Monday, so maybe it's just a new flare-up of rumours."

"Hopefully, we can get an answer either way because Castro hasn't been seen out in public in a year. The Cuban government has been very HUSH HUSH about his health. He could have been dead for months now, really."

Mr. Hilton, whose celebrity gossip site receives about 6 million to 7 million hits daily, says it would be "awesome" if Castro was dead and he was one of the first media outlets to report it.

"It would be awesome because I am Cuban. I have a real connection to this story. My family had to flee his dictorial, totalitarian, oppressive, communist, evil regime."

The 26-year-old blogger, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., was born in Miami and lives in Los Angeles. We reached him in Washington, D.C.

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Published Friday, August 17, 2007 9:07 PM by Chris Boutet

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