Michael Garland Elliott, 75, was dying.
While surrounded by friends and caregivers during his final moments in his Oregon home April 6, Elliott heard a familiar voice over the phone.
It was his ex-wife Teresa Elliott, 68, calling him from her Austin, Texas, home to say goodbye. Michael Elliott’s obituary describes her as his “best friend” despite their divorce two decades ago, the New York Daily News reported, and she’d often visit and take care of him.
Turns out hers was the last voice Michael Elliott would hear — and Teresa had an idea involving some fake news.
She told him Republican President Donald Trump had been impeached.
“I knew it was his very, very last moments,” she told the paper Monday. “I knew that would bring him comfort, and it did. He then took his final breath.”
Elliott — who died from congestive heart failure — was a “news junkie” who often voiced disdain for Trump, Teresa Elliott told the Daily News.
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Not to put too fine a point on it, she told the paper Elliott “hated his effing guts.”
The Daily News asked her if she regretted lying to him about Trump, and she replied, “Oh, God no.”
“If I could leave him with a happy piece of news then why wouldn’t I?” Teresa Elliott told the paper. “And maybe in the end it won’t turn out to be a lie.”