There are now a few references on various Message Boards, including NIR, about an announcement during the Monkees premiere episode about a car crash involving one of the Beatles on Sept 12 1966. This announcement apparently took place in the NY/NJ/PA area only and then there was no follow up after the initial newsbreak. Does anyone have any info or personal recollection regarding this?
I should add that I’m not asking because I think Paul died; there’s a story here irrespective of Paul’s fate and the following clip from the next day, September 13th 1966 at the Melody Maker awards sure seems to be the shiny Pre- Sgt. Pepper Paul.
I’m more interested in when this story of a car accident first was introduced, and this would be the earliest reference that I am aware of.