Another celebrity death hoax took the internet by storm again, with Sylvester Stallone as the victim this time, who, according to the fabricated story passed away after an overdose. Despite the news, the 70-year-old Hollywood action star is alive and well, even sharing recent photos of himself with his daughter, Sistine.
The photo, shown below, was taken during a night out with Stallone’s daughter. The caption reads, “A wonderful quiet dinner with my daughter,” in the actor’s Instagram post.
News of Stallone’s alleged “death” became viral over the weekend, when a hoax article spread around the internet after a fake news report stating “Stallone is found dead,” accompanied by a CNN banner head. According to the fake report, prescription pills were found at the scene of Stallone’s death, along with pictures of the actor and officers carrying a body bag.
Some fans immediately took to social media to spread the news, paying homage to who they thought was a Hollywood star who had passed away.
Dad is re-sharing a hoax Sylvester Stallone death article w/ identical quotes. Guess he had a rocky night 🙁 pic.twitter.com/llXSHuAPbD
— Conway Squiggy (@HeySquiggy) September 3, 2016
Sylvester Stallone recently shared another photo of himself, looking fit as ever, with unified light heavy boxing champion Sergey Kovalev, captioning their image “With the incredibly powerful unified light heavyweight champion, Sergey “Krusher”Kovzalev ” … Whatever he hits, he destroys” @sergeykovalev (sic).”
The post can be seen below.
Stallone’s death hoax follows what has been a string of death hoaxes the past few months, with the most recent one victimizing Jaden Smith. According to sources, news broke out last week that Smith had allegedly committed suicide (again), which immediately fired up a social media storm. Similarly, the story had also cited reliable sources like CNN and TMZ but was obviously just used to make the story more enticing and believable.
Sylvester Stallone and Jaden Smith are not the only Hollywood celebrities who have been involved in this type of clickbait news. Other notable stars who were victims of a death hoax story included stars like Chloe Moretz, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher and Kanye West, to name a few.
Thankfully, these stars are all alive and well, though it won’t be much of a surprise if the internet tries to kill them, again (and again).
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