Jackie Chan dead? Twitter hoax claims latest victim

Aug 17, 2011 at 11:08 a.m. ET

Jackie Chan died?! Don't believe everything you hear on Twitter.

Rumors Jackie Chan is dead are running rampant on Twitter. The social networking site, no stranger to 'killing off' celebrities on a whim, has sent concerned users hunting down reports of Jackie Chan's death.

This time the celebrity death hoax has jumped borders and crossed into Facebook as well, with a R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11) community group popping up. Despite having made zero posts to explain the page's creation, it has exploded in popularity with over 82,000 'likes.'

Jackie Chan death hoax

A rep for the martial artist tells SheKnow reports Jackie Chan has died are "not accurate." Whew!

Jackie Chan pencil drawing

Further bolstering the good news that these rumors hold no truth are the star's official accounts. Jackie Chan's official web site remains without news of his death, his official Facebook page (which squashes that silly R.I.P. Jackie Chan page with a whopping 20 million fans) is serene and @EyeofJackieChan was last updated 23 hours ago with the following message:

"When I work I do it from my heart, and my heart is that I bring love to the world. When I travel around the world I bring my love. I bring so much love in my heart. I hope you can feel that. - Jackie"

The 57-year-old, seen here in a pencil portrait by artist Randy James Atwood, is the latest celebrity to have the dubious honor of a celebrity death hoax. In recent months Wesley Snipes and Hugh Hefner have also both 'died' according to Twitter.

Rest easy, fans. Jackie Chan is not dead. In fact, we presume he's alive and kicking some bleep at this very moment!

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