July 31st 1992, Michael Jackson appeared on his hotel balcony Friday after police told him it would keep a young man from committing suicide by jumping from an apartment block opposite. Eric Herminie, 28, perched on the parapet six stories up on Friday afternoon and shouted, “I want to see Michael! I’m going to jump if I don’t!” Press Association, the British news agency, said. He then screamed, “Michael, Michael!” over and over, it said.
Police contacted Jackson, and he appeared on his Dorchester Hotel balcony for about two minutes, waving to Herminie and to fans gathered below, said a Scotland Yard spokesman. Herminie, who is unemployed, then climbed back inside the building, he said.
BREAKING NEWS! MAN TAKES OWN LIFE AFTER APRIL FOOLS PRANK GOES HORRIBLY WRONG.
Richard “Rick” Small, aged 38 of Kearney, Nebraska was found dead from jumping out of his friend’s moving vehicle. After convincing a local news broadcasting station to report (falsely) his recent death as an April Fools joke his wife took the opportunity to call upon her lover. A few hours after the station reported Small’s fake death Small returned to his home to find his wife in bed with another man. According to testimony from Small’s estranged wife, Tiffany Small, “He just… sorta stopped. I heard him start wailing and then he just hurried out of the room. I let him down. This is all my fault.” she said through violent sobs.
While walking down the street, Richard Small’s friend Michael came upon him while driving around in his pickup truck. “I asked Rick what was up. He didn’t say much,” said Michael. “So I offered him a ride back to my place about twenty minutes away. He jumped in and didn’t even put on his seatbelt.”
While on the road, Small forced open his door and jumped out into the oncoming traffic. “I had no idea what happened to Rick but I’ve never known him to give up. I’ve seen him deal with some bad stuff but even through all that Rick would just roll with the punches.” said Michael.
The funeral of Richard “Rick” Small is said to be a small private ceremony on April 7th, 2015.