Jackie Chan is dead. At least that's what social media sites are saying. However the actor and martial artist didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax. Jackie Chan is just fine.
Rumors started swirling on social media sites like Twitter that Chan died. It is not clear how the new rumors started but it could be due to old reports. The Internet has been trying to kill off Jackie Chan since 2011. Back in early 2011, rumors started swirling that the star had a heart attack. Those rumors were also false and Chan posted a message to his Facebook page saying, "I am very much alive and in fact I am gearing up for my next film. I don't know where these rumours come from." Despite his denial, those rumors have repeatedly resurfaced ever since then.
The death hoax may have also started on the hoax generator site, Global Associated News. What looks like a real news report, says that "Actor Jackie Chan died while filming a movie in Kitzbühel, Austria early this morning - June 18, 2013. Preliminary reports from Austrian Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 50 feet to his death in a remote area of the Hahnenkamm mountains while on-set during the filming of a movie. Specific details are not yet available.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12)."
This report is also false. A message at the bottom of the site reads, "FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment."
Some are also coming across rumors on Facebook saying the star died while perfecting a stunt and that he fell off a 12-story building.
Chan isn't dead. He's currently in Delhi, India for the China Film Festival.
However even though the rumors are false, "Jackie Chan Dead" has become a trend on Twitter as fans mourn and question the loss of the actor. Some examples of tweets include:
"JACKIE CHAN'S DEAD?!?!?!"
"Im hearing that Jackie chan died after doing deadly stunt. Is this true?"
"Is this true jackie chan died already??? Oh he is a great loss"
"RIP Jackie Chan! :("