UPDATE 3:12 p.m. EDT: Fogle has broken his silence. The Subway spokesman is not dead:
Every few months always odd to hear of my demise..However, I am indeed alive and well..thanks for all the concern. In NYC today.
â€” Jared Fogle (@thejaredfogle) May 5, 2014
Rumors spread on Monday that Subway sandwiches spokesman Jared Fogle is dead. (He's not.)
The 36-year-old Fogle became the chain's spokesman after losing more than 200 pounds on the "Subway sandwich diet." He has been the subject of numerous death hoaxes in the past, and the rumor took off again on Monday. #RIPSubwayJared was a top trending story on Twitter. Subway and Fogle haven’t yet commented on their Twitter accounts about the latest hoax.
Rumors of “Subway Jared” dying go as far back as 2008, with other hoaxes appearing in 2011. Other fake stories about Fogle’s death appeared last month.
Twitter users appeared not to be concerned about the Fogle death rumors. Some tweeted with snark about the trending topic:
#RIPSubwayJared My condiments to your family at this difficult time.
â€” waffles (@Waffleswhaaat) May 5, 2014
#RIPSubwayJared your ashes will be baked into 25,000 loaves of 9-Grain Honey Oat
â€” sreegs (@ahuj9) May 5, 2014
#RIPSubwayJared Lettuce reflect on his rich and full life.
â€” Brumpbo Ghazi (@Ironghazi) May 5, 2014
#RIPSubwayJared ironically choked to death on a Quizno's sandwich. Toasty.
â€” Bucky Isotope (@BuckyIsotope) May 5, 2014
I wonder if he'll go for the $5 footling casket. #RIPSubwayJared
â€” Danny Gomez (@danMIA) May 5, 2014
The whole church bursting with laughter at the funeral when the preacher says "Lettuce all pray" #RIPSubwayJared
â€” Derek Rowe (@KentuckyBlacc) May 5, 2014