Saturday, September 4, 2010

Deathday: Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf

Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr. (April 20, 1962 – September 4, 2001), better known as Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, was an American entertainer. He appeared numerous times on The Howard Stern Show as a member of the show's Wack Pack. He began August 16, 1996 when he entered the studio of radio station WXRK (K-Rock) in New York City. Hank died in Fall River, Massachusetts, the same city of his birth. He had spent the weekend immediately prior to his death partying in the Hamptons, where he was the guest of several young telecommunications executives who terrorized him with a paintball gun. He was 4 ft 1 in (1.24 m) tall, and weighed 95 lb (43 kg; 6.8 st). He was of Lebanese descent.

In 1998, People magazine ran an online poll to determine the most beautiful people in the world, where somebody facetiously entered Nasiff as a write-in candidate. Nasiff won the contest, receiving hundreds of thousands of votes. At the time the online poll was launched, People led voters to believe that it would influence the print magazine's annual listing of "the most beautiful people." People refused to allow online votes to influence the magazine results. The poll was configured so that users could vote multiple times, by deleting a cookie given from the site. Many contestants had scripts written that would allow users to vote repeatedly. Other unlikely candidates in that polls' top 10 included They Might Be Giants keyboardist John Linnell and pro wrestler Ric Flair.

Nasiff had a brief acting career.

Howard Stern revealed on his radio show that a show employee had attempted on multiple occasions to get Hank help for his alcoholism, which was refused.

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