After a lengthy investigation by Deadspin.com, it was revealed that star linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who had died earlier in the year of cancer, had actually never existed. She was the creation of family friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo who impersonated a female voice, sent fake photos and created a false online social media persona. Te'o discovered that he had been the victim of the hoax shortly before the championship game against Alabama.
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