'Refrigerator' Perry isn't dead, despite web report

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com  |  Aug. 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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Add William "Refrigerator" Perry -- who played defense for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles during his 10-year NFL career -- to the list of people who've been killed by erroneous internet reports.

Perry's agent, his brother, alma mater and Perry himself all confirmed that he was very much alive on Wednesday, despite a TigerNet.com tweet that has since been deleted.

Clemson's football sports information director immediately contradicted the stories:

Perry's agent, Adam Plotkin, told the Chicago Tribune that Perry's brother, Michael Dean, had received a lot of calls about his sibling's "death."

“I guess someone called Michael Dean and said that someone found out that someone named William Perry died, but it wasn’t the Fridge," Plotkin said. Someone from Clemson called us as well and said they had been getting a lot of calls and stuff." He is completely fine."

TigerNet explained later that they'd seen various reports of Perry's death on Twitter, " but it appears it was another William Perry that caused the confusion."

Perry also took to Twitter to put the rumor to rest:

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