Brad Paisley Wife Death Hoax 2013, Kimberly: Couple Fall Victim to Bogus Daughter With Deadly Cancer [VIDEO]
While country singer Brad Paisley surely had it together last night at the CMA Awards, his mood wasn't quite as chipper a short time back, as him and wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, were the victims of an online death hoax.
On Wednesday's edition of Nightline, the couple spoke about a situation where they were tricked into believing a fake story.
"It sounded very sort of real. But she wasn't dying to get a hold of me. You know, that was kind of the beginning of manipulation," Kimberly said.
E!Online reported that the correspondence initially began with an email from a stranger, as a mother stated that her daughter was dying from cancer and she just wanted to share her story.
Over the course of the next two weeks, Kimberly spoke to the mother via email, phone calls and text messages.
Williams-Paisley, who has a role in ABC's Nashville, was also said to have gotten pictures and a phone call from the supposed sick girl believed to be named Claire.
"As a mother, wanting my kids to be okay. She hit my softest spot," she added.
Paisley himself was also convinced that the communication from the woman and daughter was legit, saying "In the middle of it, there's no way that's not real. How can that not be real?"
When the mother said her daughter had abruptly passed away, Kimberly queried her for an address to send flowers to. The mother never got back to her request. Later on, she sent Kimberly an email stating "I don't need you to pray for me!"
After looking into the matter deeper, the celebrity couple found out it was a death hoax. The photos of Claire actually were that of another girl in another state.
The Paisleys aren't the only celebrities to be victims of a death hoax, as Kate Gosselin and members of Little Big Town have also dealt with similar stories, amongst many others.