Earlier this afternoon a rumor began spreading on social media and various messaging apps and groups that Chassidic music star Avraham Fried was critically injured in an accident and that people should say Tehillim for his recovery.
Turns out that the source of the errant rumor began in a whatsapp group in Israel where one participant mistakenly identified Miron resident Avraham [ben Zissel] Fried – no relation to the singer – as the singing sensation everyone knows. Immediately the rumor went ‘viral’ and was shared by hundreds upon hundreds of people with requests to say tehillim.
Israeli news site Bechadrei Chareidim reached the music star at his home in Crown Heights and confirmed that he is in fact in good health. “One good thing that came out of this was that I received many calls with wishes for good health and arichus yomim” Fried said, adding “that everyone should in fact say Tehillim for Avraham ben Zissel and he should have a Refuah Shlaima.
“I heard of the terrible accident that occurred in Baltimore, due to the icy road conditions [where Rabbi Dovid Winiarz OBM was killed in a tragic crash]. Whoever spread the rumor [that I was hurt] with such certainty and without checking if it is true or not, must apologize to all those he cause fear and panic.
“I even had someone call me to say that he was his way to Kotel to pray for my recovery. I am lucky that I was home with my family, and that they immediately knew that I was ok and were not thrown into a panic.”