What is the Sylvester Stallone dead hoax and why do people think he died yesterday?
Recurring rumblings of the Rambo star’s demise rocked the internet yesterday forcing sly to post a picture of himself to dispel the fake news
A BIZARRE rumour that Sylvester Stallone was dead swept the internet once again yesterday – 18 months after it first surfaced.
Here’s is the lowdown on the baffling recurring rumour about the Rambo star’s demise.
What is the Sylvester Stallone death hoax?
Facebook users reported seeing a fake message in September 2016 claiming Stallone had been found dead at his LA home.
It was later exposed as a hoax after it emerged it was linked to a website known for creating and sharing celebrity death hoaxes.
Fans feared the Hollywood hard man had passed away after vile pranksters spread a rumour across social media.
The fake news report, purporting to be by CNN, began circulating online suggesting Sly had been found dead, duping fans into mourning the Rocky star.
On the first occasion he proved he was not dead by posing for a picture with boxer Sergey Kovalev.
But the rumour has now returned to social media a year-and-a-half later.
Why did people think he died yesterday/
The return of the hoax appears to have been sparked by him sharing a fan poster for Creed II – the next instalment in the Rocky film series.
The film is the latest in the Rocky series and is about Apollo Creed’s son – played by Michael B. Jordan – getting ready to fight the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
In the poster, which Stallone shared on his Instagram page, he and Lundgren can be seen standing behind the younger characters as they preapare to face off.
Sharing the picture, he wrote: “Fight time …FANPOSTER!!! Not official #creed 2 #healthylifestyle #rockybalboa1976.”
After seeing Sly’s face on the advert, some people on social media – still convinced that he was dead from the last hoax – reacted with confusion.
RIP messages began to circulate online, with some claiming Sly had died from prostate cancer.
Twitter users were seen asking each other if the Rocky star had really passed away as the Chinese whispers spread like wildfire.
How did Sylvester Stallone confirm he was not dead?
Sly put the bizarre rumour he had passed on to bed by posting a tweet declaring he is “still punching” yesterday evening.
The Rocky star told fans to “ignore this stupidity” and confirmed he is “alive and well” after the rumour swept the internet.
He added: “Remember to always grab LIFE by the throat and do not let go until you succeed.”
Who is Sylvester Stallone?
Sylvester, 71, was born on July 6, 1946 and played Rocky in the well-known series between 1976 and 2015.
Impressively, he wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three of these franchises, and also directed the movies.
The Rocky film props have been placed in the Smithsonian museum, and Stallone was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.