As Britain’s most feckless father, Keith MacDonald has done almost everything he can to escape responsibility for his eight children by eight women.
But just when many thought the jobless layabout could stoop no lower, he posed as a friend to announce his own death by text.
With a ninth child on the way, the binman’s son was desperate to avoid paying out any more than the £5 a week he currently gives towards each of his other children.
He sent a text message to his pregnant former girlfriend Clare Bryant, 22, telling her: ‘Keith is dead.’
MacDonald, who is paid £44 a week in income support and has never held down a permanent job, denies fathering all but one of his children on the grounds that they have different hair colour from him.
It is claimed that he may have fathered up to 15 children, by 14 mothers. MacDonald, who met the majority of his conquests at bus stops, currently spends most of his benefits on lager and fruit machines.