Ato Essandoh Died Rumors: ‘Django Unchained’ Dog Attack Death Hoax Persists; Actor Makes Joke About it

February 15, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Ato Essandoh, an actor who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” is not dead, but death rumors are persisting until this day.

The hoax–which appeared first last year–is being spread via Twitter and Facebook. It even has it’s own page on website Know Your Meme, meaning it’s been around for a while..

“In Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio demanded that the Mandingo fighter dubbed “D’Artagnans” actually be torn apart alive by dogs, and Quentin Tarantino decided to allow it. The actor’s death was real, he died in brutal anguish and horrible pain,” the hoax reads.

It continued: “Tarantino later said in a groundbreaking interview with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes ‘It really captured the sheer evilness of DiCaprio’s character and added to the authenticity of the scene.’ The actor, Ato Essandoh, was pronounced dead on the set by DiCaprio himself, but no chargers have been filed as Mr. Essandoh had volunteered his own life in the contract that he had signed prior to filming. At least Mr. Essandoh died giving a powerful and realistic final performance for such an amazing movie.”

The hoax popped up again on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Essandoh on his Twitter–which includes the profile message “actor. I might be dead. It depends on who you ask”–made an update Thursday.

“Try walking down the street listening to @theheavy #howyoulikemenow w/o a [expletive] bop to your step. Try it and report back. I insist,” he wrote.

On Feb. 9, he wrote that he’s “chillin in the afterlife” in reference to he death hoaxes.