Being famous comes with it weird, unusual, very uncomfortable things--the diehard fans who know everything from your foot size to your mother’s maiden name, to, well, apparently, fighting against your own death hoaxes.
This is just the kind of struggle wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has recently cleared up rumors of his death after it went viral over the week. According to Mirror UK, a British news source, the hoax reported that Johnson had died “after a terrible stunt” went wrong while filming.
The link of the supposed BBC News article, which had the headline “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Died at 47 After a Terrible Stunt Attempted Failed,” when clicked, then led users to a fake BBC website instead of the real one.
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Nevertheless, fans of The Rock’s career and works were shocked to read the headline. While The Rock is clearly not dead, he has not commented on the hoax just yet. A quick look at The Rock’s Instagram will confirm to anyone that he is still very much alive, so at least his fans can rest assured with that.
Recently, he had even posted a video of himself “thanking a fan for gifting him a bearded version of one of his movie posters.”
Funnily enough, The Rock has been the target of many death hoaxes over the years, with one surfacing around 2011, a rumor that circulated that he responded to.
His other death rumor, which later surfaced in 2014 claimed--as it did now--that he had lost his life to an incident while filming a movie in New Zealand at the time. The report went on to say that he “fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set.”
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If The Rock could see his fresh death rumors, he would probably say the same thing he said eight years ago, when he cleared up the 2011 death rumors:
“I’m still bringing it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - including leap year.”