Notre Dame star reportedly made up story about death of girlfriend

Manti Te'o's tale of grief is a hoax, accordingly to investigative blog

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:10:21 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2013 07:30:57 AM EST

Manti Te'o, the star linebacker from Notre Dame, reportedly concocted a story about his girlfriend's death to gain fame and publicity.

According to the online investigative blog, Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Marie Kekua, did not die this past September as reported widely by several national media outlets.

In fact, the publication claims that the woman never existed.

Writers Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey allege that Te'o and a friend by the name of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fabricated the entire story by using another woman's Facebook photo and creating fake Twitter handles.