Untimely Deaths Debunked - John Lennon, Tancredo Neves, Cazuza, The Man Who Built The Titanic
John Lennon Mocked God & Died : False!
The John Lennon quote was somewhat inaccurate. He actually said,
More importantly, that interview was NOT with a US magazine, but with Maureen Cleave from the London Evening Standard.
When it was first published in the London Evening Standard in March 1966, there was no outcry.
It was only when Datebook, a US teen magazine printed the same quote five months later, that protests broke out in the United States.
But he didn’t shoot Lennon six times (as claimed). He shot 5 times at John Lennon, hitting him 4 times.
Was Mark David Chapman God’s avenging hand? If so, then it’s obvious that God believes that revenge is a dish best served cold.
Tancredo Neves Mocked God & Died : False!
There is no evidence that Tancredo Neves ever made such a claim. It would have been out-of-character to mock God, since he was a religious Catholic by all accounts.
Catholic priest and historian, José Oscar Beozzo, said of him – “Tancredo was a profoundly religious man” (Source : Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America, Page 176)
The Archbishop of São Paulo at that time, Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, said,
“He was loved by the people and is being very much missed. He was also a personal friend and a good Catholic. I was at his side when he died.“
Tancredo Neves also did not need 500,000 votes from his party, because the Electoral College that elected him as President only had 686 members.
Tancredo won 480 (70%) of the Electoral College votes. 480 votes, ladies and gentlemen, not 500,000 votes.
Finally, Tancredo Neves did not die a day before being made President.
He fell sick much earlier, complaining of abdominal pains, and was admitted to the hospital a day before his inauguration on March 15, 1985.
He died on April 21, 1985 after undergoing 7 surgeries in 38 days (Source : The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir, Page 160).
Cazuza Mocked God & Died : False!
Cazuza, whose real name is Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto, did indeed die at the age of 32.
However, he died from AIDS-related complications, not lung cancer as the hoax claims.
There was also no evidence Cazuza ever mocked God, specifically “while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said ‘God, that’s for you.’ during a show in Canecio [sic] (Rio de Janeiro)”.
Despite extensive searches, we have not come across a direct testimony by a fan who attended the concert, that Cazuza actually mocked God in that manner, much less actual published articles on that act.
In fact, we located the only video we have ever seen of a full concert at the Canecão in 1998 on YouTube.
In that video, Cazuza never smoked a cigarette during the entire concert, much less mocked God with cigarette smoke.
You have to wonder how the writer of this hoax knew about this, when it is virtually impossible to prove this act ever took place in this age of Google and YouTube.
The Man Who Built The Titanic Mocked God & Died : False!
The writer of this hoax cannot even name “the man who built the Titanic“, and claimed that “Not even God can sink it“. That’s because there is no such person.
First of all, the Titanic was not built or even paid for by any individual. It was built by Harland and Wolff, a shipbuilding company from Belfast, Ireland for the White Star Line, a shipping company.
Neither J. P. Morgan (whose holding company financed its construction), nor Joseph Bruce Ismay (the chairman of White Star Line) ever made such a claim to a reporter.
The same is true for Thomas Andrews, the naval architect who designed the Titanic.
The claim that “Not even God can sink it” was purportedly made by a deck hand to Sylvia Caldwell, a second class passenger on the Titanic :
After we came aboard the Titanic we were watching deck hands carrying up baggage I said to one “Is this ship really unsinkable?”
He answered “Yes lady God himself could not sink this ship.”
White Star Line, and its parent company, International Mercantile Marine, did make claims that the Titanic was practically unsinkable (due to its watertight compartments), but at no point, did any of their representatives claim that “Not even God can sink it“.
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