After receiving about four emails and two phone calls since Tuesday asking me "Did you hear? Did you hear that Ian MacKaye was killed?" I decided I should post an Amoeblog to set the record straight in case anyone else out there was still under the wrong impression that the Minor Threat/Fugazi/Dischord mainman was indeed killed in a car crash Monday night. The rumor appeared on several websites including MySpace and Wikipedia. He wasn't killed, as outlined in the reprinted story from the Baltimore Sun that appeared online Weds morning under the heading Ian MacKaye: I'm not dead. And if you scroll down below I have posted one of the erroneous "news" reports that was making the rounds online. It is written in such a news-like fashion that you can see why someone reading it would tend to take it at face value.
This is another prime example of just how quickly misinformation can get around in this cyber/digital age and how it is important to always question what you read and to be aware of its news or fact checking source -- if there is any.
STORY BELOW IS REPRINTED FROM BALTIMORE SUN
A phone rings at 6:08 p.m. in Arlington, Va. A 45-year-old man picks up. The
caller doesn't even have the chance to offer a greeting.
"I am still alive," reports Ian MacKaye, the frontman of such punk acts as
Minor Threat and Fugazi, and the founder of Washington's Dischord Records.
This would not be news except that The Sun and apparently many other
organizations had been told that MacKaye was, in fact, dead. We were told that
he died Monday night at Baltimore's St. Agnes Hospital. A call to the hospital
found no evidence of such a patient. We followed up with calls to Dischord
(left a message) and to MacKaye's home.
"I am happy to report that I am not dead," says MacKaye. He and the record
company had been blasted with calls, he says, after premature reports of his
death were posted on MySpace and Wikipedia. He says he hasn't been able to find
the MySpace reference, but had the Wikipedia posting removed -- and then
re-removed, once someone reinserted the false news.
BELOW THIS LINE IS ONE OF THE ERRONEOUS REPORTS THAT PEOPLE WERE READING AND FORWARDING ABOUT IAN MACKAYE'S SUPPOSED DEATH:
(Ian Mackaye) lead singer of influential hardcore band Minor Threat as
well as a band member of Embrace, Egg Hunt, Skewbald/Grand Union,
Insurrection, The Evens, and Fugazi passed away today in a Baltimore
hospital room. Outside a Fugazi show in New Jersey last night, the singer
was struck by a car passing by the front of the Ventura Theatre. Brunswick
police say that the driver allegedly stopped, but then fled the scene.
There is now a police investigation underway.
Mackeye was rushed to St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, where he was
pronounced dead this morning at 6am. This is a tragedy for the underground
music as a whole and we need to stand together at this time of loss..