AceShowbiz - Sylvester Stallone is alive and well, despite rumors stating otherwise. On Sunday, February 18, rumors started circulating on Facebook that the actor passed away after battling prostate cancer. The death hoax post also included photos of allegedly ailing Stallone.
Taking to his official Instagram and Twitter accounts, the "Rocky" star debunked the false reports and assured his fans that he's alive and well. "Please ignore this stupidity... Alive and well and happy and healthy... Still punching!" he wrote, along with an example of the hoax post.
His younger brother Frank Stallone also angrily responded to the death rumors. He wrote on Twitter, "Rumors that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don't deserve a place in society," adding that the death hoax was "not funny not cool."
Rumors that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society.@FoxNews @seanhannity @greggutfeld— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 19, 2018
Sly death a total hoax, not funny not cool . https://t.co/NVpc1hiQ8H— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 19, 2018
Many people, however, fell for it and began posting tributes to the actor on social media. "I really liked his movies & personality Rest In Peace Sylvester Stallone," one wrote.
Another did not immediately believe the reports and asked, "Okay but I just need to know did Sylvester Stallone really die???"
Okay but I just need to know did Sylvester Stallone really die???😞😞😞😢😢😢😢— Sara (@Sara_Laaav) February 19, 2018
Another responded to the fake news, "BREAKING NEWS: At the age of 71 beloved Actor Sylvester Stallone, woke up peacefully in his home this morning. #EndTheFakeNews."
This is not the first time the 71-year-old actor was hit with similar death hoax. In September 2016, a fabricated news story that appeared to have been reported by CNN was being shared online stating that the "Creed" star was found dead in his Los Angeles home. It was later found out that the hoax was first spread by a website known for sharing celebrity death hoaxes.