Overview

“Capitol Rioter Tasered His Testicles To Death” Rumor refers to a hoax that Kevin Greeson, one of the four people who died during the 2021 Storming Of The United States Capitol, did so after accidentally shocking himself in the testicles with a taser while trying to steal a portrait of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, leading to death by a heart attack. Though there are some outlets that have reported a man did accidentally taser himself and suffer a heart attack, the testicles portion of the rumor comes from a joke by Twitter user @ggooooddddoogg.

Background

At the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol, five people died. One officer, Brian Sicknick died from medical emergencies sustained in the riot. The other four were part of the crowd that stormed the Capitol Building. One was Ashli Babbit, who died on the scene after being shot by a US Capitol Police officer. Benjamin Phillips, Kevin Greeson, and Rosanne Boyland died afterward from medical emergencies. Revolt, News1130, and reporter Talia Jane reported that one of the medical emergencies was self-inflicted by a man who accidentally struck himself with a taser, causing a heart attack. Kevin Greeson’s family confirmed he died of a heart attack, writing, “Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.” They did not confirm if he had accidentally tased himself. Snopes has also been unable to confirm if Kevin Greeson had tased himself accidentally, causing his death.


Developments

The rumor that Greeson tasered himself in the testicles while trying to steal a picture of Tip O’Neill was started by Twitter user @ggooooddddoogg, who early in the morning on January 7th wrote, “i don’t think it’s funny at all that a maga guy accidentally tased himself in his own balls until he died while trying to steal a painting of thomas p. “tip” o neill from a hallway.” The tweet gained over 500 retweets and 3,000 likes (shown below)….

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