In 2007, Hilton made a serious gaffe when he erroneously
reported that Fidel Castro had died. The blogger, who is Cuban-American, not only wrote that Castro had died, but also that the Miami police would make an immediate announcement. Despite no word from the police, Hilton kept the post up all day, repeatedly updating to PerezHilton.com that the announcement was coming soon. Major news outlets took notice, and the rumor mill churned that the Cuban leader could possibly be dead, despite flat-out denials by Cuban officials. Hilton congratulated himself on being the first to report the news, writing "PérezHilton.com was the first media outlet in the world to break the news of Castro's death.. We posted THIS ITEM on it last week!!!! A Cuban broke the story of the oppressive ogre's passing. We are soooo proud and happy!!... There's gonna be a big ol' party en Calle Ocho, mi gente!!" Unfortunately for Hilton, he was wrong.