Mystery of Gavin Watson's accident: 5 myths about his death debunked

Mystery of Gavin Watson's accident: 5 myths about his death debunked

Gavin Watson's death shocked South Africans on Monday and after photos and details about his accident went viral, Mzansi tried to piece together what happened.

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From faking his own death to getting run off the road, several theories about the former Bosasa executive's death abound.

Briefly.co.za took a look at five popular beliefs about what could have happened to Watson.

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1. He was run off the road

Foul play was one of the first things that came to mind of many South Africans after Watson's death was announced.

Many believed the car may have been tampered with or someone could have run him off the road.

However, with no witnesses, the theory can't be verified.

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2. It was just an accident

It was reported Watson was in an accident and that might very well be just what happened - a simple accident.

However, there are no CCTV cameras in the areas and no witnesses have come forward so it is hard to explain exactly what happened.

3. He fell asleep or had a medical emergency

The accident reportedly took place in the early morning hours. Some believe Watson might have been tired and fell asleep while others suggested he might have had a heart attack or stroke.

Journalist Mandy Wiener explains why this might be a possibility.

"It is possible he had a heart attack or a stroke or blacked out for some reason because there appear to be no skid marks on the road," she said.

4. Faking his own death

South Africans flooded social media with posts about their views on a possible staged death. Many believed that Watson tried to flee the country after his name came up several times during the Zondo commission's inquiry into the state capture.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Watson transferred R500 000 into an offshore account and he only had R70 with him when he crashed. He also did not have a cellphone with him - all of which supported Mzansi even more in their beliefs that he faked his death.

However, Wiener said Watson's face is clearly visible in a photo taken of the crash.

5. He took his own life

Some might argue that Watson took his own life because he felt the mounting pressure of the state capture inquiry.

Wiener said that it was believed there was the possibility that "he had intentionally taken a Toyota Corolla because it would have provided less protection and that he drove into the pillar".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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