Let's make this perfectly clear - martial arts superstar Jackie Chan is NOT dead. So if fans see a shady Facebook pop-up app claiming that the 59-year-old actor recently died after perfecting a deadly movie stunt in Hollywood, DO NOT click it! It's spam... Chan is simply another victim of the morbid online celebrity death hoax (again).
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This isn't the first time Chan's been mysteriously killed-off on the web. But now, there's a viral Facebook pop-up that looks so legit, fans are actually falling for the disturbing hoax yet again!
If readers see this app on Facebook, don't open it. Not only is the report totally untrue, but it's likely spam.
Chan did NOT pass away in a freak movie stunt accident... and there's no viral "video clip" of his last, dying breath.
Here's what some Twitter fans are saying:
@OhNoSheDidnt22: "I really don't understand why people would even say that sum1 is dead when they're not. Especially jackie chan."
@jess2sick: "Why are there rumors that Jackie Chan died? He's not dead. It stresses me out. I almost called my dad."
@discocat32: "Jackie Chan is dead... AGAIN!! Really??? That's fifteen times this year alone!! He must be really ill."
Chan initially fell victim to the online death hoax in 2011, and then again earlier this summer. Back in June he posted a rather amusing Facebook update to prove he's still alive. As Mstars originally reported:
The internet tried killing-off Chan back in 2011... and for some reason, such morbid death rumors started resurfacing on Twitter and Facebook again in summer 2013. 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 246,000 "likes" and counting. Hey, at least Chan has a sense of humor about it!
According to the International Business Times, Chan was actually "killed off" several different ways on the web. Not cool. One death hoax report stated:
"Actor Jackie Chan died in a single vehicle crash between Ipswich and Willowbank in Queensland (Australia) as confirmed by Royal Queensland Police [at about 5:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +10)]. Jackie Chan is believed to have been in the area while on vacation and he was identified by photo ID found at the scene. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident."
Another bogus story circulating on Facebook and Twitter claims, "At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (June 05, 2013), our beloved actor Jackie Chan passed away. Jackie Chan was born on April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong. He will be missed but not forgotten."
On June 6, one of Chan's reps confirmed that the actor was still alive and striving - "He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet." Chan recently had his hands and feet printed on wet cement during a ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood... and he was breathing while doing so.
Maybe Chan will post another humorous photo to debunk such death rumors again? On August 1, he did post this video on Facebook:
"Check out this fun interview I did about working with Bruce Lee!"
So he seems to be doing just fine.