Sylvester Stallone, who starred in films such as Rocky and Rambo, has recently been the target of a death hoax that’s been spreading through social media.
The death hoax surrounding Sylvester Stallone started spreading through Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) in September. The title for the fake article is “[CNN Breaking News] : The Famous Actor Sylvester Stallone Is Found Dead… As It Emerges ‘Prescription Pills Were Found At Scene’.”
Facebook users that were tricked by the headline were taken to a click-bait website. The website creates many death hoaxes in an effort to obtain the private information of users that are fooled by the stories.
Snopes.com looked into the article and was able to bypass the request for access to a Facebook account. When doing so, the website for debunking rumors found an article about the passing of Sage Stallone, the actor’s son. Sage actually did pass away in 2012.
Sylvester Stallone has also helped destroy the death hoax himself. He’s been posting a lot on social media lately. One such post showed him on a motorcycle. It was published on Aug. 30, 2016. This is after the creation of the death hoax, but before it started spreading in early September.
Sylvester Stallone also directly discredited the death hoax. A post on Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) from the actor had him joking that he was about to be destroyed by Russian boxer Sergey Kovzalev. The two are friends and they posed as if they were sparring in the picture.