When: January 26, 1979
First reports: A former vice-president and four-term New York governor, the multi-millionaire Nelson Rockefeller dies of a heart attack at 70 in his office at Rockefeller Center while at his desk working on a book about modern art.
Not quite: Actually, he was at his 54th St. townhouse with his chauffeur... and a young assistant.
And the assistant? 27-year-old blonde Megan Marshack
The rumors: Rockefeller had a heart attack during sex with his young mistress. What does a frantic mistress do in such compromising circumstances? It's an hour before an ambulance is called and the call is made not by Marshack but by TV personality Ponchitta Pierce who lived in Marshack's building. Marshack is left a townhouse in Rockefeller's will. Rockefeller is quickly cremated.