The family of Kevin Samuels, who passed away last week, quickly surfaced to douse speculation about the controversial relationship coach’s financial status.
Does Kevin Samuels have a GoFundMe?
The rumour mill went on overdrive on social media when a GoFundMe page, supposedly launched by a woman named Melanie King, surfaced seeking $50 000 (est. R805 500) in donations for the 57-year-old’s funeral.
Here is a screen image of the GoFundMe campaign that has since been deleted.
Our research suggests the crowdfunding campaign may have been a ploy conjured up by an opportunist who impersonated Melanie King, a renowned YouTuber who was more of a close friend of Samuels, than his blood relative, to cash in on the death of the ‘dating guru’.
Also, Samuels’ family shot down these claims, making it categorically clear that they have financial means to lay the 57-year-old to rest.
The polarising lifestyle coach will be laid to rest this week at a ceremony that could take place in Oklahoma City, per DailyMail.
LISTEN: Samuels 911 audio leaks
In the build-up to his funeral, speculation has been rife about the events that led to the ‘dating guru’s’ death in the wee hours of 5 May 2022.
We now know that the 57-year-old died in the presence of a woman named Ortensia Alcantara at an apartment in Buckhead, Atlanta.
From what we understand, Alcantara is a 32-year-old nurse who may have been romantically involved with Samuels. However, a faction of the lifestyle’s coach’s fans believes she may have had a hand in his death.
This claim, however, Alcantara has vehemently shot down.
“It’s crazy how complete strangers try to hurt your character. Believe it or not, there’s still good-hearted people in this cruel world. Unbelievable to think I have to clear my name for doing the right thing. Let me find a lawyer and make these people take all this mess down,” she wrote on Instagram.
Alcantara’s assertions of innocence are supported by leaked audio of the 911 call she made to police, the night Samuels died.
In the call, the 32-year-old nurse was heard frantically pleading for medical assistance, after Samuels fell on top of her, complaining about chest pains.
“Come on, Kevin, you got this, just try to breathe. Come on, think about your mom. Think about your daughter,” the woman was heard exclaiming between cries.
Here is the 911 audio, where Alcantara is heard performing CPR in a desperate attempt to revive Samuels.