March 29, 2011: A hoax web page announcing the death of action movie star Jackie Chan prompted a flurry of "Jackie Chan RIP" notices on Twitter this morning, which in turn prompted the following statement on Chan's Facebook page:
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. Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie.
The hoax (see image), which convincingly mimicked the appearance of an actual TV news website but fell down somewhat in the English grammar department, even boasted a purported tribute from President Barack Obama:
"Jackie Chan is a man who can talk through talent, he is a constant reminder of the strength of humanity. He will forever be in our hearts, a true inspiration who inspired many generations. First it's Nate Dogg then it's Jackie Chan."
Again, the death announcement was a hoax. Jack Chan is alive and kicking. Literally.
Read more about it:
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Full text of hoax news story:
(As published at http://pastehtml.com/view/1dud0mh.html)
Jackie Chan Dies of Heart Attack
March 29, 2011, 6:16 pm
A Los Angeles hospital has reported that Jackie Chan has passed away. The legendary Hong Kong actor who appeared in over 100 films died last night following a heart attack. He was promoting his most recent film, 'Kung Fu Panda 2'. Doctors say his heavy schedule was causing extreme stress and putting too much pressure on his heart. Chan was scheduled to fly to Hong Kong today to begin shooting on his next film '1911'.
The actors family has not yet issued a statement in regards to the passing of the truly remarkable actor who died at the young age of 56. Fans swarmed Facebook after confirmation of his passing came through a source close to Chan. A couple of celebrities have also posted their personal tributes through face book. Will Smith; "A remarkable actor, he will be forever missed and always in our hearts. RIP Jackie. x"
Even United States President Barack Obama laid down a personal tribute to the martial artist saying: "Jackie Chan is a man who can talk through talent, he is a constant reminder of the strength of humanity. He will forever be in our hearts, a true inspiration who inspired many generations. First it's Nate Dogg then it's Jackie Chan."
MTV will be holding a special memorial for Chan on Friday.