On March 14, , it was reported that the comedian had died of a heart attack. He later spoke with a reporter from the Associated Press about the hoax. After obituaries of the Iraqi general, politician and first-cousin of Saddam Hussein were published in many newspapers, reports then circulated that he had escaped by boat, and subsequently been seen joking with staff in a hospital in Baghdad. Al-Majid was captured several months later, and sentenced to death in for war crimes. John Allen , a serial criminal, faked his own suicide by drowning off Beachy Head Britain's most notorious suicide spot in to escape prosecution for theft , presumably resulting in his being declared dead. He in fact swam around the coast, retrieved dry clothes that he had hidden, and took up a new identity.