A WILD conspiracy theory claiming the CIA killed Bob Marley has resurfaced online thanks to US rapper T.I.
He took to Instagram to share a debunked news article quoting ex-CIA agent Bill Oxley who alleged he “infected Marley with cancer”.
Reggae legend Marley died from brain caner in 1981, but the story claimed the US assassinated him because he was “starting a revolution”.
In it, retired officer Oxley claimed Marley was one of 17 people he killed for the American government between 1974 and 1985.
It even detailed how Oxley pretended to be a New York Times photographer to gain access to Marley at his Blue Mountains retreat.
He was quoted as saying: “I gave him a pair of Converse All Stars. Size 10. When he tried on the right shoe, he screamed out.
“That was it. His life was over right there and then. The nail in the shoe was tainted with cancer viruses and bacteria.”
The website behind the story was registered to a former BBC journalist who worked for conspiracy theorist David Icke.
Icke believes the world is controlled by “predatory lizards” who demand human sacrifices, Channel 4 reported.
The fact the story has been widely ridiculed did not stop T.I. from sharing it with his 8.9million followers.
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Marley was just 21 when doctors discovered a type of malignant melanoma underneath one of his toenails.
He ignored medical advice to have the digit amputated and physicians simply removed the nail and bed instead.
The musician was in the middle of a major global tour in 1980 when the cancer spread and his condition worsened.
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After unsuccessfully battling the disease for eight months, he decided to fly home to Jamaica from Germany, where he was being treated.
The plane was forced to land in Miami, Florida, after he got much worse on the flight.
Marley was 36 when he was pronounced dead at University of Miami Hospital after the disease spread to his brain and lungs.
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