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Heath Ledger Died of The Flu?! Company's Bizarre Claim

Australian actor Heath Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "Brokeback Mountain," arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Reed Saxon
Australian actor Heath Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "Brokeback Mountain," arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

I'm speechless. As investigators await more test results to try to determine how actor Heath Ledger died, someone thinks he may already know! I received the most jaw-dropping press release of a still-young 2008 from a company called GenoMed:

GenoMed® , a Next Generation Disease Management company whose business is public health™, announced today that Heath Ledger probably died of a "cytokine storm" associated with the flu. He was known to have pneumonia, which was likely viral in nature.

In this respect, his death resembles Anna Nicole Smith's of a year ago. Like Mr. Ledger, she was not taking any unusual medications for her. For several days before her death, she had a high fever and a diagnosis of the flu. At her autopsy, mild inflammation was seen in her heart, consistent with viral myocarditis. It isn't known whether Mr. Ledger's heart was mildly inflamed, also.

GenoMed has obtained excellent results against the "cytokine storm" for the past five years, using already-existing blood pressure pills present in most drugstores on earth. Heath Ledger's death, like Anna Nicole Smith's, could therefore have been prevented.

Ledger died of the flu? GenoMed could have saved him? The phrase "public health" is trademarked?

The press release came from the company's CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Moskowitz. To see him in action, click here.

I guess when your shares trade at $.005, any publicity is good publicity.

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So, Americans get into trouble financially by spending beyond our means. The government's response? Give us some money...to spend. Again. Sounds a bit like giving an alcoholic a free beer.

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But my favorite is called "Rejection," featuring the back end of the Wall Street Bull (see image). I've bought some items to show off in a future story--including a tote bag called "Optimism" showing the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices tanking.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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