Here’s the story and props to LATimes.com:
Earlier that day, Leopoldo was sentenced to 10 days of community service and participation in a drug diversion program stemming from a February arrest in Tustin when he was found wearing a Long Beach police officer jump suit and in possession of marijuana.
Numerous media reports, including ones from TMZ, the New York Daily News, Orange County Register, USA Today and the Huffington Post, also reported his death.
“When I saw the sites, it scared me,” Leopoldo said. “I wondered, are they predicting the future or am I cursed?” It was neither, though it still made for a memorable day.
The Orange County Sheriff’s coroner’s office received more than 200 phone calls about Leopoldo’s purported death starting as early as 7 a.m., spokesman Jim Amormino said. After trying to confirm the reports through local hospitals, county health officials and the fire department, Amormino fielded inquiries until Leopoldo held a news conference at 5 p.m. outside the sheriff’s office in Santa Ana.