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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ethereum's cofounder used the cryptocurrency to disprove fake news stories about his death


Because Buterin is the cofounder of Ethereum, a bitcoin-like cryptocurrency that is wildly buzzy right now - and over the weekend, he was targeted by a hoax that claim he died in a car crash.

An article published on the website Vionews wrote: "The victims in the crash have been identified as Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, and 34-year old Travis Sellmon. Police told Local News two vehicles were involved in the crash that injured five people and killed two. Officers confirmed the Vitalik and Travis were travelling in separate vehicles."

But it's not true, and the article has since been deleted. (Rumours were also spread via the imageboard 4chan.)

Buterin, meanwhile, took to Twitter to emphasise his continued existence - and used his creation Ethereum to do so.

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