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Refuted Rumor of the Day: Badr Hari is Dead

A rumor that beleaguered Dutch-born Morroccan K-1 star Badr Hari had died today in an accident that took place in his African homeland has been laid to rest by reps from It’s Showtime – the promotion he is currently contracted to.

The story began on a thread on a Dutch forum (which has now been taken down) where a disturbing headshot photo reportedly of Badr dead and covered with blood was also posted and the story quickly grew legs and spread amongst the MMA community. Much like a similar rumor that made the rounds about Kimo Leopoldo last July and was picked up by several mainstream sites including CNN and TMZ,  the Hari story was given credence by the fact that nobody could locate the kickboxer.

The rumor was eventually refuted by the tweet above posted on It’s Showtime’s Twitter page.

You can check out the photo that helped propel the story after the jump, but we’ll warn you that it isn’t pretty and it’s obviously someone dead or severely injured. We’ve included a pic of Hari for comparison.



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jimbonics- October 12, 2010 at 6:56 am
Window licking is a hell of a drug.
fatbellyfrank- October 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm
I think the main difference is that the dead guy is dead, and Badr Hari is not. Just my opinion
cecils_pupils- October 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm
Thanks for the correction, Mike.

Well then, I stand by my original statement: can't be Badr Hari in the dead-guy pic, the noses are clearly different.
Mike Russell- October 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm
 El Guapo hitting the paint bag hard today I can see.
El Guapo- October 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm
He's alive! Thank you, Jebus, he's alive!!
DazedNConfused- October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm
I think he looks exactly the same. His eye looks quite swollen in the dead shot and could explain why his eyelid is protruding out more than normal. You're not going to look exactly the same if you went through an accident which killed you. Only question, if it is real of course, is which asshole took the shot?
Mike Russell- October 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm
@cecil:  The pic is flipped for comparison purposes.
cecils_pupils- October 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Looks a lot like him, but it's not - the scar under his right eye is not there in the dead-guy photo. For that matter, neither is his nose!
DazedNConfused- October 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm
That looks exactly like him. It could be a photo shopped shot, but if it is real blood and such it probably is him. Kind of a messed up story for sure.
Art Gibs- October 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Dayum that pic is nasty. It looks a lot like him, but check out the eyelids. The dead guy's are way bigger.
Seoul Brother- October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Cocaine is a helluva drug.
El Guapo- October 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Just heard MRuss is dead!(SILENCE)

You know, new dad? Weezer-Mauro Ranallo hybrid?(MORE SILENCE)

Do you guys know who MRuss is or do you just not care?(CRICKETS CHIRPING)
ilvbllythekd12- October 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Fried Taco +1
Fried Taco- October 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm
The photo looks like he just lost a fight to Nick Diaz.
MMAposeur- October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Brutal pic...
Fried Taco- October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Actually, they spelled the name wrong. It's C-H-A-E-L S-O-N-N-E-N.
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