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Reports of Sylvester Stallone found dead in his room shocked fans worldwide before it emerged to be another death hoax. The rumours of the stars alleged demise was dropped over the internet in late August and gained traction in September, with fans expressing dismay at the unexpected news.
According to the report, Stallone’s death was caused due to an overdose of prescription drugs. The story was linked to a site that was made to look like CNN. Thus, it was an easy bait to attract readers to the site without much effort.
On clicking the link, it takes the readers to a website that is already known for spreading hoax stories and reveals that the story is actually on the death of Stallone’s son, Sage. The Snopes.com reported that the website is notorious for previous death hoaxes that involved Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Jaden Smith, Jim Carrey, Angelina Jolie and John Cena.
The website first posts a gripping title to the Facebook, and when the interested readers click on the link a pop-up window appears requesting them access to their personal information. After bypassing the step, the readers are redirected to the stories, which are most of the time death hoaxes.
All the Sylvester Stallone death stories are linked back the particular malicious website. The actor has also posted an image of himself on a motorcycle on August 30 on social media.
This, however, is not the first time Stallone fell victim to a death hoax. Back in 2013, the Global Associated News falsely reported the death of the ‘Rambo’ star. In 2015 also the star was reported dead in a car crash, but when clicked on the video link, it gained access to the personal information of the hackers.
There was also quite a buzz on the social media around Sylvester Stallone’s death hoax.
“SYLVESTER STALLONE IS NOT DEAD!!!!!!” shared a fan on Twitter.
“My brother just called me to ask me if Sylvester Stallone is dead. He was pretty upset. I reassured him – because RAMBO!” tweeted another user.