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TMZ Stands By Its Confirmation of Kimo Leopoldo’s Death

(Our thoughts exactly.)

Well this is odd. After those reports of Kimo Leopoldo‘s death were discovered to be an Internet message board-driven hoax, many of us were quick to dump haterade on TMZ, the celebrity gossip outlet that "confirmed" the news after it was first reported, and helped the false report snowball out of control. Though TMZ quickly took the story down when Kimo showed up breathing, we never heard an apology from Harvey Levin and his gang of misfits — and we’re never going to:

TMZ founder Harvey Levin told exclusively that they had received the tip that Leopoldo had died from the fighter’s management. "We actually got a call from his reps," said Levin. He now, looking back on the issue, thinks that it might have been motivated by publicity.

While Levin would not reveal the name of the person who contacted TMZ, he did explicitly say that the confirmation came though Leopoldo’s camp. "There are a lot of people who just want to – and I’m not saying [Leopoldo] – but representatives that want to get their name out there in all sorts of ways," Levin said. "And somebody there clearly did."
However, Leopoldo’s lawyer, Stephen Doniger, is still in the process of filing a lawsuit against TMZ. Initially, Doniger and Leopoldo wanted to settle the matter without going to court, but TMZ has not responded to Doniger’s attempts at communicating.

So in other words, Kimo hears that he’s died of a heart-attack, tells one of his people to tell TMZ that it’s true, then gives us an alibi for his long silence by saying he didn’t wake up until "around noon-ish this morning." That’s what Levin’s saying anyway. Honestly, it’s hard to know who to believe — the parasitic gossip-dealer or the cop-impersonating yo-yo expert. They’re both such pillars of trustworthiness.

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Komodo- September 11, 2009 at 12:25 pm
TMZ = Too Much Zima.
Bob Reilly- September 11, 2009 at 9:05 am
@rh, This is fucking cage potato. GTFO if you don't like reading about MMA related shit.
Smitty- September 11, 2009 at 8:45 am
@ GEE-yuh-TEEN
He might as well try a comeback. All the other old fuckers are getting new contracts.
Barc- September 11, 2009 at 8:28 am
Coming off from my biggest internet fuckup of all time, I know how it feels to wanna dodge the bullet. Come on, TMZ, admitting it doesn't make it true, it's the fact that it's true that makes it so. We all make mistakes, only you and I make big ones, and everyone else deserves the chance to rip on us a little.
BigCountrysCholesterol- September 11, 2009 at 7:59 am
This website has the perfect mix of newsworthy fight info that I actually care about, and meaningless crap that entertains me (despite having little to no relevance to my world whatsoever.)
I am hoping for an interview with Art Jimmerson's disgruntled ex-podiatrist next week.
Mike Milbury- September 11, 2009 at 7:15 am
God, I hate TMZ and their shitty TV show. With Levin sipping his soft drink, with camera pans to his TMZ cronies and the fake laughter that ensues after every "sighting".
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 11, 2009 at 7:11 am
What he meant to say, is that the old Kimo is dead, and the new Kimo will be signing with Strikeforce to begin the most amazing comeback of all time...
jimbonics- September 11, 2009 at 6:38 am
RIP Kimo...

...'s MMA career
Jugger- September 11, 2009 at 6:32 am
The real Kimo has actually be abducted. He's representing the Rylan Star League in a galactic air war. The press conference we saw was actually held by Kimo's replica, an android named 'Beta'.

Don't worry. All ends well.
Viva Hate- September 11, 2009 at 6:30 am
Kimo the upstanding preacher fake cop meth head, do something crazy like letting his fake deat simmer to get publicity, I will hear nothing of the sort.
rh- September 11, 2009 at 6:28 am must be a slow news day.

I'd rather have read a reflection on 9/11 eight years later.