Facebook and Twitter were busy Tuesday night buzzing around a death hoax of Jackie Chan.
And it's not the first time we hear the world's most famous martial arts actor may have died. Chan was rumored to be dead in March, and here comes his death hoax of August 2011.
A Facebook page titled 'R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11)' was the culprit of his death rumors.
After the storm of Chan's death rumor online, his official Facebook fan page responded, confirming,
Jackie is alive and well and working hard on his next movie! Don't believe the latest death rumors.
This post received over 40,000 Likes and almost 5,000 comments, showing how happy Chan's fans are to know he's alive.
Friday, the 'R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11) posted a comment saying,
Jackie is alive and well. He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports.
Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie.
Jackie Chan is just the latest among celebrities who have had death hoaxes spread through cyberspace in 2011. Justin Bieber, Hilary Duff, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, and many more.
Not surprisingly, some did not take Chan's death rumor seriously.
RIP Jackie Chan who died last March and now in August. Stay tuned. He will probably die again by January, tweeted @DJGweedoT.
Jackie Chan dies at least once a month, @ISelenaSuperman said. He must be the master of resurrection!
#Jackie Chan has died on twitter so many times when he actually dies people won't even notice, said @Prichter23.
John D. Sutter of CNN said in a report 2009, The situation [of fake celebrity death rumors] is calling attention to the changing state of the news media: As information online moves faster and comes from more sources, it's more difficult to verify what's true and what may be shockingly false.
Death rumors may be entertaining while they stay hoaxes, but when real deaths arrive, they can turn to be offensive. The fake death rumors create an inherent problem with the decentralization of news on the Internet.