Sylvester Stallone lives! Reports of Sly's death from prostate cancer that surfaced over the weekend are completely false. Stallone took a screenshot of one of the false reports and posted it on social media this morning. Fans were shocked and saddened by the news, but it ended up stemming from an account that has been known to spread death hoaxes. The actor's brother, Frank Stallone, went on to slam the "sick and cruel" trolls who spread the rumor.
Back in September of 2016, news of Sylvester Stallone's death spread like wildfire on social media after a report from CNN came out. As it turns out, it was not CNN, but instead the sick hoax was tracked back to a site that is infamous for falsely announcing the deaths of celebrities. Over the weekend, those rumors popped up again, stating that Stallone had died from prostate cancer, which prompted the actor to once again, prove that he's still alive and "punching." The 71-year old actor had this to say.
"Please ignore this stupidity... Alive and well and happy and healthy... Still punching!"
While Sylvester Stallone's response seemed a little tongue-in-cheek, his brother Frank pulled no punches in his response. He called the perpetrators, "sick and demented" and tagged Fox News and Sean Hannity in his post. He says.
"Rumors that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don't deserve a place in society... These are people that menace the society. They are useless in society. So Stallone power goes on."
Frank Stallone also posted a video entitled Sly Death a Total Hoax, Not Funny Not Cool and said, "I made this video to dispel the rumors that my brother Sylvester is dead. That is so ridiculous, demented." Fans immediately began to follow suit with anger over the fake news.
Many Sylvester Stallone fans accused Facebook of "lying again," and seem to think that the story originated from the social media platform. The hoax may have started on Facebook, but it was not posted by the company themselves. One fan said, "So, the sick hoaxes have started again! Sylvester Stallone is not dead!" Another angry and saddened fan wrote, "Omg I thought Sylvester Stallone was dead!! I hate the Internet."
Sylvester Stallone fans can rest easy knowing that he is alive and well. The actor posted the very first poster for Creed 2 on Saturday morning, though it turned out to be fan-made, and he's been actively working on the sequel since the spring. Stallone is definitely excited about the project and he's very happy to share that enthusiasm with fans on social media. It's just a shame that he had to take some time from the fun to address another stupid death hoax. You can read the confirmation from the man himself, via Sylvester Stallone's Instagram account.