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Jackie Chan responds to 'R.I.P.' hoax: I'm not dead!

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   June 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM   |   Comments

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June 25 (UPI) -- Jackie Chan himself took to Facebook to combat reports of his own death.

Last week, Chan fell victim to a death hoax as an "R.I.P. Jackie Chan" page was created on Facebook. The page said, "At about 11am on Wednesday, 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."

The creator of the page also urged fans to share the news and comment, which rapidly increased the hoax's spread.

Then, Global Associated News fell for the hoax, reporting that his death occurred while shooting a film in Austria.

A statement issued by Chan's representative did not put the rumors to rest, so Chan updated his own Facebook page with photo proof that he is not dead.

"Hi everybody! Yesterday, I got on a 3am flight from India to Beijing. I didn't get a chance to sleep and even had to clean my house when I got home," he said on his page.

"Today, everybody called to congratulate me on my rumoured engagement. Afterward, everybody called me to see if I was alive. If I died, I would probably tell the world! I took a photo with today's date, just in case you don't believe me! However, thank you all for your concern. Kiss kiss and love you all!"

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