Ato Essandoh, the “Django Unchained” actor, has not died by being mauled by dogs at the behest of actor Leonardo DiCaprio but a viral death hoax is saying otherwise.
A rumor that’s being spread on a few websites including Facebook first appeared in early 2013.
It popped up again on Wednesday and Thursday on Twitter and Facebook.
“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,” it reads.
It adds: “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 rumor is obviously not true because Essandoh is still alive. He appeared in the “Elementary” TV show in 2012 and 2013. “Django” was released in 2012.
On Jan. 22, Essandoh wrote on Twitter to address the rumors of his death. “I might be dead. It depends on who you ask…” he wrote.
His last tweet was Feb. 3. “I need someone to edit my tweets. I’ve been butchering the English language lately. Oof,” Essandoh said.