A man who allegedly bore responsibility for the epic Olympic ring mishap during the opening ceremonies for Sochi 2014 was murdered, according to an online hoax.

Olympics Ring Fail Murder Hoax

Technical specialist T. Borris Avdeyev’s work resulted in the fifth Olympic ring failing to take shape in the kickoff for the global event, according to satire site The Daily Currant. Not long after the mishap, the story claims Avdeyev was discovered stabbed to death in his hotel room in Sochi, the host city of the Russian Olympics.

“Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don't suspect foul play,” read The Daily Currant article. “ ‘Sure there were stab wounds and bruises all over the body,’ admits the lead investigator on the case. ‘But who knows what caused them. Maybe he tripped and fell on a set of knives. Right now we’re ruling this an accidental death.

The faux-lead investigator continued, “It’s terrible when accidents like this happen. But then again, maybe Mr. Avdeyev should have thought twice before he screwed up the Olympics. Accidents tend to happen to people who betray Russia.”


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Despite the obvious signs of a hoax piece, thousands of people liked and shared the item, believing that the report was true.

During the opening ceremonies on Friday night, five snowflakes in the production rose to the heights of Fisht Arena where all but the fifth blossomed into Olympic rings. According to rehearsal footage, when the rings interlocked, they were supposed to explode into a pyrotechnic display. While those in Russia saw the rehearsal footage, those in other countries – including the U.S. – only saw the glaring ring gaffe.

– Chelsea Regan

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