Although Toronto police believe a morbid Twitter campaign was created to promote the latest album of Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande, they announced on Aug. 31, 2013, the singer was likely unaware of the bizarre suicide hoax used in the promotion.
The New York Post reports that on Aug. 28, tweets began to appear from the account of @ButerasCandiess, who was purportedly a young fan of Grande’s and was planning to kill herself by overdosing on pills.
Toronto police spokesperson Scott Mills told the Post he spent two days getting to the bottom of the suicide hoax, calling it a “huge waste of our 911 dispatchers, our intelligence people, and our communications resources.”
Prior to threats of suicide, @ButerasCandiess had posted adoring messages about Grande and had attempted to garner followers. In the account bio, the user had written, “always here for ariana, love her more than everything,” according to the Post.
On Aug. 28, @ButerasCandiess wrote she was going to commit suicide in three minutes, writing, "don't forget to tell ariana about me," and asking followers to create the hashtag #RIPbuterascandiess to make it trend on Twitter.
The next day she wrote, “Why am I alive my mum saw me when I went to take these pills and she stopped me crying.”
The Post reports that once the girl was called out by Toronto police, @ButerasCandiess wrote, “It was a hoax! Sorry.”
The Twitter account was believed to originate in Greece until it was discovered the IP address was fake. According to the Post, the account is probably based in the United States.