LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Jackie Chan is not dead. An old, fake Jackie Chan death report that has swirled online for three years is back striking the actor again today. Chan hasn’t died this January 2013, but fans are left perplexed. Aiding the confusion are a series of false Facebook “RIP Jackie Chan” pages still live from last year.
Jackie Chan is the first major celebrity of 2013 to be struck by a fake death report. For Chan, it’s all too familiar. Since 2010, the beloved actor was targeted by a series of erroneous tales. But unlike other celebrities, Chan has often fought back, issuing news statements denying the absurd allegations.
In March 2011, Chan issued a news statement through his rep. At the time, Chan was furious that a Facebook Jackie Chan RIP page listed him dead that week of a heart attack. In August that same year, Chan was under another attack, but from a different source. Chan took to his own Facebook account to denounce false news of his passing. “Jackie is alive and well and working hard on his next movie!” his rep told news. “Don’t believe the latest death rumors.”
From that year through roughly 2012, however, Chan was the victim of fake claims from Global Associated aka Mediafetcher. Most often, the fake storyline claimed that Chan had died of a ski accident.
And despite how many times the actor has had issue news statements dispelling false death reports, the fake stories still seemed to come back to life. “Jackie is alive and well. He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports,” his Facebook page read in response to yet another fake claim, once before. “Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie.”
On Tuesday, Chan told news “Friends exist all over the world; we are all neighbors from the ends of the earth. Happy New Year! All the best for 2013!” Jackie Chan is alive, as is Lil Wayne, Morgan Freeman, and Miley Cyrus.