Fortnite streamer Ninja hit with death hoax and ‘Ligma’ disease claims
- Fortnite streamer Ninja was recently subject to a celebrity Internet death hoax
- Rumors spread that he had recently died of a fictional disease known as ‘Ligma’
- The hoax was actually part of a crude joke spread by an Instagram user online
The professional gamer was reported to have died from a fictional disease known as ‘Ligma.’
In actuality, the Twitch streamer is alive and well.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, right, was recently the subject of a death hoax spread by trolls online
The death hoax is meant to actually come off as a joke. When someone is prompted to ask what Ligma is, the reply is meant to be ‘Ligma b***s.’
The hoax reportedly started with a joke post on Instagram by user Ninja_Hater on July 16 and quickly spread across social media and the video gaming community.
‘I personally like the joke and how it’s really kept the joke going, and even spread to other people,’ the Instagram user stated in an interview with Polygon.
The hoax post was soon spread by trolls across Internet forums and social media platforms, prompting many to believe that the professional gamer and popular Fortnite streamer had actually died of the fictional disease.
Ninja_Hater also added: ‘My account started over trying to mess with a friend and then I just kept it going for fun. The whole “Ninja dying” joke was just to see how much it would spread, and to shake up the internet community.’
However, the hoax post soon spread far beyond what its originator had intended for it.
‘Honestly, I imagined a few friends I had on this account would repost it, their followers get fooled a little bit and that would be it’ he said.
The death hoax soon quickly caught the attention of many other influencers in the gaming community, including popular YouTube streamer PewDiePie.
Who is Ninja?
Ninja is a professional video gamer known as being the most popular streamer currently on the game streaming website Twitch, boasting more than eight million followers.
He was born on June 5, 1991 and raised in the town of Grayslake, Illinois.
Ninja first started playing Halo 3 at a professional level in 2009 for several professional video gaming teams and later started streaming on Twitch and Justin.tv in 2011.
After starting to stream Fortnite content in 2017, he rapidly grew his subscriber base 250 per cent between September 2017 and March 2018. He soon broke Twitch’s streaming record in March 2018 after playing with Drake, Travis Scott and American football player JuJu Schuster-Smith, breaking his own record just weeks later in April 2018.
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