The Internet has killed Leonardo DiCaprio again. The “Wolf of Wall Street” star, who is definitely not dead, is the latest victim of the vicious death hoax reports online.
According to a dubious report, the 39-year-old seasoned actor passed away after an accident in Switzerland. He was said to be on a vacation at a ski resort when he struck a tree while snowboarding.
He was apparently killed by the crash, and was airlifted to a hospital.
“Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – April 11, 2014,” the bogus report reads.
“The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Leonardo DiCaprio lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.
“Leonardo DiCaprio was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death.”
When the Daily Star asked about the news of the actor’s so-called demise, his representative “just about giggled down the phone.”
It’s safe to say the rep’s reaction means the report is very much false.
This isn’t the first time that DiCaprio has “died” online. In April 2009, he was also reported to have passed away, prompting his spokesman to issue a statement to assure his fans that he was alive.
His rep said at that time, “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimised by this hoax. He’s alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.”
The “news” came from the Web site Media Fletcher, which is the same site that generates fake celebrity deaths. Just a few days ago, it claimed that wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson died while filming a movie in New Zealand.
Of course, it wasn’t true. Johnson was alive and well, and was tweeting from the U.S. when his death was reported.