‘Near-Death’ Experiences: A Look Back At Famous Figures Whose Claims Drew Criticism

‘Near-Death’ Experiences: A Look Back At Famous Figures Whose Claims Drew Criticism


Earlier this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went viral after offering an account of her “near-death” experience during the January 6th Capitol riot. 

“All of a sudden I hear, boom, boom, boom, boom on my door,” said the 31-year-old during an Instagram livestream. “And then I hear these huge violent bangs on my door, and then on every door going into my office. Just, bang bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Like, someone was trying to break the door down. And um, there were no voices; there were no yells… no one identifying themselves. And just, boom, boom, boom. And I just get up… and I run over to the legislative office.”

Soon after the livestream, social media users questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s account of the incident, claiming it was sensationalized and that reporting of the incident gave a false sense of the danger she was in. 

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In response, the hashtags #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett and #AOClied trended in the days that followed.

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