Despite a Twitter hoax to the contrary, legendary film star and martial arts master Jackie Chan is still alive and kicking.
For the past few days, rumors have spread on Twitter that “Rush Hour” star and martial arts superstar Jackie Chan died after falling from a 12-story building while filming a stunt in an unspecified movie project. Fortunately, the rumor was just a hoax, but that hasn’t stopped countless Twitter accounts from posting the false information.
“Hollywood Breaking News - Jackie Chan died after perfecting a deadly stunt. Jackie Chan falls from a building,” user Drheartbeat7 wrote on Monday, linking to a less-than-credible Facebook fan page disguising itself as a celebrity news site.
Other users picked up the rumor and ran with it.
“R.I.P. Jackie Chan. Talented man & amazing entertainer. He'll be sorely missed,” user DulceThoughts wrote on Monday.
“So it's really real Jackie Chan died smh R.I.P.!” wrote Shiiguyy.
It's the second Chan death hoax this year. In June, nearly the same rumor began circulating on Twitter, leading Chan to personally deny it. Chan posted a short note on his Facebook alongside a picture of him holding that day’s newspaper, proving he was still around.
"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,” Chan posted on Facebook.
"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!"
Eric Brown is an IBTimes reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.