Friday, July 11, 2008

Smile of the Week

It's a story that circulated around the world: Rock star David Lee Roth saved by two OPP officers after suffering a severe allergic reaction to peanuts while driving on a country road near Brantford.

Several newspapers — the Brantford Expositor and the Hamilton Spectator — even had a followup to the original wire service story about how the Van Halen singer, dressed in flashy rock-star duds, strutted into a Brantford bar with two nurses after spending the evening recovering in Brantford General Hospital.

The only problem? The story isn't true.

The two officers and a lot of other people in the Brantford area appear to be victims of a charming imposter.

On May 23, the day this was supposed to have happened, Roth was performing at Madison Square Garden with Van Halen.

Within a three week span, the DLR wannabe also fooled a rock band, some nurses and a record producer who let the singer stay and record at his house.

Read the complete Toronto Star story

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