Dwayne Johnson, the actor and WWE wrestler, has not died, but rumors are again saying he was killed during a dangerous stunt for “Fast and Furious 7.”
The false death report was created by Global Associated News, a legitimate-sounding website that is responsible for a number of Internet death hoaxes in recent years.
“Actor Dwayne Johnson died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning – June 9, 2014 Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set. Specific details are not yet available. The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 am. (UTC/GMT +12),” the bogus report says.
At the bottom of the webpage, it has a disclaimer.
“FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by website visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment,” it reads.
A few months ago, a Facebook post claiming Johnson died went viral on Facebook. The post was attempting to spread bogus surveys to make money for the scammers behind it.
Amid the fake reports about his demise, Johnson has been frequently tweeting and posting updates on Facebook.
“Just met lovely Sharon. Told me it’s her birthday and all she wanted as a gift was to meet me and take,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday.