In September 2019, a number of people tweeted an apparent news article headlined: “Teen Masturbated 56 Times Straight Before Dying of Heart Attack”:
PORTLAND — Teenager allegedly masturbated a jaw-dropping 56 times non-stop before dying of a heart attack, in the proccess even breaking the world record and was awarded a world record certificate by a Guinness representative who later arrived at the home.
Jerome Carpenter was found dead in his bedroom after apparently masturbating too much. It is speculated that Jerome was suffering from depression due to being “extremely lonely”. Jerome’s Mother called Portland police after discovering his corpse in his room. Jerome’s mother told Huzlers reporters “1 hour passed since I had called him down for lunch, Jerome was the kind of boy to steal food off your plate when you were not looking, i knew something was wrong when he didn’t come down to eat, he was a great kid” she finished as she began to cry.
An image at the top of the page appeared to depict a body bag being removed from a residence. It was crawled in 2013, and originally accompanied a tabloid story about a tragic event in Detroit in March of that year. The image was repurposed for the story, one clue that there was no truth to the claim.
Although the item was not dated, it was originally published in February 2015. The site on which it was published was Huzlers, whose “about” page notes its content is intended as satire:
Huzlers is a Chicago based satirical news blog that focuses on celebrities, hip hop and urban entertainment. A number of their satirical stories have been mentioned by many established press organizations such as USA Today and BuzzFeed.