Asian superstar Jackie Chan recently became the latest internet celebrity death hoax victim when news about his death circulated on social networking sites. Fortunately, the reports have been confirmed as another cruel online prank and the worried fans can now heave a sigh of relief because the "Rush Hour" star is in fact very much alive and doing well.
The 59-year-old Hong Kong action star reportedly died from a car crash in Queensland, Australia. A web site report on the actor's supposed death reads: "Actor Jackie Chan died in a single vehicle crash between Ipswich and Willowbank in Queensland as confirmed by Royal Queensland Police."
The report further revealed that the accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +10). "Jackie Chan is believed to have been in the area while on vacation and he was identified by photo ID found at the scene. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident," the death hoax report stated.
Some fans were immediately deceived on the social networking sites like "Facebook" and "Twitter" where reports about Jackie Chan's tragic death sounded believable. "At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (June 05, 2013), our beloved actor Jackie Chan passed away. Jackie Chan was born on April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page," a Facebook page called "R.I.P. Jackie Chan posted.
The other fans found the death report suspicious especially after the numerous fake celebrity death news surfaced in the past. Anger was expressed on the death hoax report saying that such thing was an irresponsible, upsetting and cruel thing to do with the fans, family and friends of Jackie Chan.
On Thursday, June 06, a representative of the Chinese actor officially confirmed that Jackie Chan is still alive and the actor even had his hands and feet printed on wet cement during a ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. "He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet," the rep stated.