You’re nobody ’till somebody kills you — on the Interwebs. Just ask Jackie Chan.
The Rush Hour actor and noted martial artist was forced to put the kibosh on rumors that he had bitten The Big One after reports that he had died of a heart attack swept the Net over the weekend. Instead of a heart attack, it turns out Jackie was the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax. Adam Sandler, Keith Sweat, and Bobby Brown are just a sprinkling of the big name stars who have been killed off by viral obituaries in the past few months. In 2008, Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum was the victim of a similar bogus story, which claimed that he had died in a ski-related fall in New Zealand, sparking a spate of copycat celebrity death hoaxes.
“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,” read a statement posted to Jackie’s Official Facebook Page on Tuesday.
For those requiring futher proof, Chan posted a photo of himself dated March 29 on his website showing him meeting with top Japanese officials about an upcoming benefit gala for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The caption reads in part: “Jackie met with Yuji Kumamaru, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong to discuss the details of the ‘Love Without Borders 3/11 Candelight Gala…’”