Only a few hours ago, legendary actor and the living embodiment of Rambo, Sylvester Stallone, had to take to social media to deny rumours that he had died.
Now we’ve all seen these fake news stories before, mostly on our Facebook feeds. You’ll scroll down and find an apparent “breaking news” article reporting a certain celebrity supposedly being dead. But, if you have any common sense, you’ll soon realise it’s just another hoax, and you roll your eyes for wasting even a few seconds of your precious time.
We don’t know what kind of kick that these people get from creating these death rumours, but they’ve certainly fooled many fans plenty of times before. Other celebrities targeted by this kind of hoax include Jaden Smith, Rowan Atkinson and Angelina Jolie, all of whom had vicious rumours spread about them that they had allegedly committed suicide. Thankfully, Mr. Bean still lives.
This time, it was Rocky star Sylvester Stallone who had became the target of an insensitive rumour, which said that the actor had died of prostate cancer. However, Sylvester posted on Instagram to shut them down, and insists that he’s “still punching”.
Sylvester’s brother, Frank Stallone, tweeted his anger over “sick and demented trolls” who spread the rumour that his brother had died.
“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.”
Could these rumours be from the same Russian troll farm, as was reported by CNN, that Robert Mueller’s special counsel has identified as interfering in the 2016 Presidential election? What do they have to do with anything you might ask? Well, remember when Rocky beat the living daylights out of Russian boxer Ivan Drago at the end of the fourth movie?
While we agree with what Frank Stallone says, we can only say that you shouldn’t question the logic of a troll, because the simple answer is that they simply have too much time on their hands. Especially if they’re Russians, right Robert Mueller? That $10 million dollars of tax payers money was surely money well spent…
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Sylvester has been the target of a death hoax. An earlier rumour in 2016 circulated on social media from a fake news site posing as CNN, confirming the actor’s death. How’s that for “mind blown?”
A fake news article from the daddy of fake news! When fans clicked on that spam article, it would then be automatically shared to their social media page. It just goes to show you should always double check with good ol’ Google before trusting these sites, otherwise sharing this kind of fake content is going to make you look like an idiot, not to mention make you susceptible to hacking via malware.
There was also a picture of Stallone floating about of the actor looking unwell and balding. No one knows who was behind the mysterious account that shared them, but it is thought that it was really from a movie role. Either way, it was another fake. Sylvester Stallone ignored the prank last time, but this recent hoax has really gotten to his family, and who can blame them?
Remember to always research an alleged celebrity death before making assumptions, and make sure the stories you read are from reliable sources.
Unfortunately, since it’s the Internet, these kinds of hoaxes are still ongoing and keep on coming. However, we hope that this will be the last of it for Sylvester Stallone at least. When in doubt, just blame the Russians for everything, right?
<Story by Emily Clark>
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