In one of the more bizarre headlines to pop up about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, gossip outlet TMZ revealed late Monday that a restraining order had been issued against a man who had been allegedly stalking the Facebook CEO.
Today, TMZ posted a bizarre letter that it claimed the man, Pradeep Manukonda, had sent Zuckerberg; the handwritten letter begged for financial assistance for the author's allegedly ill mother.
The restraining order, TMZ reported, was issued after Manukonda sent Facebook messages to Zuckerberg, his sister Randi Zuckerberg, and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, and then attempted to show up at several Facebook offices as well as Zuckerberg's house in Palo Alto, Calif.
The letter posted by TMZ contains a lengthy, disturbing plea: "I have no harmful intentions or get associated with your name. Believe me what I am doing is my last efforts to save my mother. Hope you are going to understand a son pain. I am waiting outside your house please do the heedful assistance in saving my mother."
In some of the Facebook messages, Manukonda reported that he was "ready to die for you."
Zuckerberg, the world's youngest self-made billionaire, prefers to keep to himself. But his profile has been raised in the past year thanks to the growing influence of Facebook (Time magazine named him Person of the Year at the end of 2010) and the semi-fictionalized Facebook biography film "The Social Network," which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards.