Bizarre rumour that Sylvester Stallone is dead sweeps the internet for a second time
One of the many strange features of the internet is how many can rally around outlandish news stories without even checking whether it's true or not. No, I'm not talking about "fake news" (a term that's thrown around pretty recklessly these days), but lies that don't seem to have a purpose or agenda at all.
A lot of the time all you need to do is have a quick Google and you'll find that it's not, but with social media these things can spread like wildfire. Which is why, on occasion, you'll see reports that a (usually older) celebrity has passed away, only for that same actor or musician post a tweet or Instagram photo to confirm that, no, they're alive and well - and very confused why they have so many notifications.
For the 71-year-old actor Sylvester Stallone, this has happened before - and now, it's happened again. Back in September 2016 Facebook users reported seeing messages and posts that he had been found dead in is Los Angeles home, claims which were later revealed to be false.
This was revealed to be a hoax a soon after, eventually linking it to a website which is known for creating celebrity death hoaxes - which is apparently something they think is worth pursuing. Yet now the hoax has returned once again on social media, this time with plenty of fake articles to back it up. This started the ball rolling, with lots of people seeing the headlines and images across the internet and assuming it must be true.
Last time the internet declared him to be dead, Stallone ended up posting on social media, which left many of his fans relieved to see he was okay. The post going around this time seems to use some behind-the-scenes looks from Stallone on the set of Creed, in which his character was undergoing chemotherapy.
One of the key posts to fuel this fire was on Facebook, which somehow racked up and incredible 1.2 million shares and over 60,000 comments. The post read:
"SO LONG CHAMP
"Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone died early this morning after his battle with prostate cancer, the actor kept his illness a secret, but in the end he couldn't beat it."
With this message making the rounds, many took the image and shared it after believing he had really gone:
And others who set them straight:
Stallone hasn't posted anything since the rumours emerged yet, so no one can verify for sure - but these images are clearly faked. We can expect the actor to keep on with his movie career, with a number of movies in the pipeline. He even shared a fan-made poster for Creed 2, which is currently in production, to his Instagram yesterday:
On top of that he's got five more acting roles on the way, one of which being Tough as They Come - which he'll be directing, producing and starring in. Doesn't sound much like someone who's going to be gone any time soon.