Dan Hicks, also known as Sailor Dan, was the victim of a hoax on Jan. 2. Hicks is an infamous local character known for selling his hand-drawn pictures of boats on the streets of Saskatoon.
A Facebook group called “In Loving Memory of Sailor Dan” was created, stating Hicks died on Jan. 2 from “long-term alcohol abuse.” Over 1,000 people joined the memorial group before it was closed. Rival groups quickly popped up, saying Hicks is alive and well.
image: Andrew Spearin