I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/WZ1nuX4LUo— Nathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) December 1, 2018
After the fake news spread like wildfire, Wikipedia too updated their page to suggest his demise, before reverting back to reflect that nothing untoward had happened.
In fact, a report in nzherald.co.nz suggests that some of the Indian cricketers contacted New Zealand Players Association chief executive Heath Mills to confirm about the same.
Mills called McCullum himself to check. "I have to say, my heart was racing before he picked up."
Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 1, 2018
The whole incident did not go down too well with younger brother Brendon. He vowed to find the culprit.