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So, that story of a 50-year-old Japanese man named Joji crushed to death by 12,000 pounds of porn we said definitely seemed way too good to be true? It turns out that’s exactly what it is.

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As stated before, nothing grabs your attention quite like a story of a pornography addict getting crushed to death by his own unbelievably vast collection of dirty magazines, so it seemed too good and too convenient to be true.

The Mirror and The Sun, and later the Daily Mail, all British tabloids, reported the story without any skepticism.

“Porn really is bad for you! Lonely Japanese man who amassed a SIX-TON pile of dirty magazines died when it collapsed on top of him… and his body wasn’t found for six months,” the Daily Mail blared.

“Man who owned SIX TONS of porn dies when filthy magazine collection fatally falls on top of him,” The Mirror piled on.

And here’s how the link to The Sun’s original story appears right now.

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The rough translation of the Nikkan Spa article — thanks Google Translate — shows that original source of the story does not claim what the tabloids did: that pornographic magazines had killed Joji.

It actually says that he died from myocardial infarction (a heart attack). Instead of being found six months after his death as suggested by others, Joji was found a month later.

Mr. Takada of Mind Company of Special Cleaning & Artifacts Organization — again, rough translation — who specializes in making the deaths of people in embarrassing circumstances, for instance being surrounded by porn, explained that his work is designed to prevent shame of the deceased and extended family.

He said that sometimes people who live alone will only be found dead when bodily fluid leaks through the floor. In this case, it appears the magazines absorbed those fluids.

But, as Mashable noted, there is “no evidence that he died because the pile of erotic magazines fell on top of him.”

Gizmodo came to the same conclusion:

But none of that is true.

Yes, the man had a huge porn collection. But there’s absolutely no evidence that he died from it falling on top of him, nor that he’d been dead for six months. In fact, the most gruesome bit of evidence from the original story in Japan points to the fact that he fell on top of his porn collection during his heart attack.

See ya later, fake news.

(Photo source: Flickr Creative Commons/Adult Sophisticates)

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