Capitol police look into death hoaxes targeting Leahy, Feinstein
At least two Democratic senators have been victims of false reports of their deaths in the past two days, prompting the Capitol Police to open an investigation into the matter.
Several news outlets received a hoax e-mail news release, announcing the death of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday. Leahy, 70, who participated in July 4 events, is alive and well, according to spokesman David Carle.
“It was spoofed to look as if it had come from the office,” Carle said.