Popular martial arts actor Jackie Chan is just the latest celebrity to fall victim to the infamous online death hoax (again). But no worries, "Rush Hour" fans, Chan is still indeed alive and well. The 59-year-old Hong Kong superstar even hit up Facebook and Twitter to debunk the morbid death rumors! Chan posted a photo posing with an issue of Friday's newspaper (June 21), proving that he hasn't bitten the dust just yet. At least he has a good sense of humor about it!
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The internet tried killing-off Chan back in 2011... and for some reason, such morbid death rumors started resurfacing on Twitter and Facebook again earlier this month. Here's the bogus Global Associated News report that started the whole thing:
"Actor Jackie Chan died while filming a movie in Kitzbühel, Austria early this morning - June 23, 2013 (obviously the fake obit generates up-to-date deaths). Preliminary reports from Austrian Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 50 feet to his death in a remote area of the Hahnenkamm mountains while on-set during the filming of a movie. Specific details are not yet available. The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12)."
Several fans fell for the story posted on the PRANK news website. But Chan IS NOT dead - and he has visual evidence to prove it!
Chan posted this message on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, June 21:
"Hi everybody! Yesterday, I got on a 3am flight from India to Beijing. I didn't get a chance to sleep and even had to clean my house when I got home. Today, everybody called to congratulate me on my rumored engagement. Afterward, everybody called me to see if I was alive.
If I died, I would probably tell the world! I took a photo with today's date, just in case you don't believe me! However, thank you all for your concern. Kiss kiss and love you all!
P.S. My dog is healthy, just like me! He doesn't need surgery! By the way, my dogs are golden retrievers, not Labradors."
The post received over 231,000 "likes" and counting.
So there you have it, Chan is indeed alive and still as busy as ever!