Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; No Deaths Verifiable from Ice Bucket Challenge Overseas Versions That Involve Drinking Have Been Deadly to a Few

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; No Deaths Verifiable from Ice Bucket Challenge Overseas Versions That Involve Drinking Have Been Deadly to a Few

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Byline: Carole Fader

Times-Union readers want to know:

Is it true that the Ice Bucket Challenge has killed some people?

There have been no verifiable reports of deaths directly from the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media campaign that aims to raise awareness and money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.

There have been injuries associated with it, though not directly caused by ice water thrown on someone's head. Abroad, however, the so-called "ice water game" has caused some deaths, but those challenges were not affiliated in any way with the current charitable endeavor.

Several variations of the ice bucket death rumor have appeared in area inboxes; most frequently, the main causes of alleged death are shock after being exposed to freezing water and a slippery ice bucket.

The video claim that teenager Sergio Cardozo died after a bucket slipped and fell on him was sent over Twitter, according to Snopes.com. Many people who re-tweeted the "video" said the rap artist Drake originated the message because both the accounts have the same display. But the fake tweet is from someone with the handle @Drrake (note the double "r").

An earlier claim involved the other scenario, Snopes.com reported; in that, a woman named Latasha Brown accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from a Facebook friend, only to die in less than a minute due to a heart attack or hypothermia.

That information originated with an article published on Huzlers, a website self-described as "a combination of real shocking news and satire," Snopes.com found. In addition, the photograph accompanying the Huzlers article was not of "Latasha Brown," but rather a still-alive woman named Sandra Robinson whose photo had been included in a much-earlier Natchez Democrat article about ice challenge participants.

These untrue accounts don't mean there haven't been injuries associated with the challenge. Again, the serious injuries did not occur from ice water or slippery buckets. …

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