Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has become the target of a viral death hoax. The 47-year-old actor is not dead; however, thousands of unsuspecting fans shared the fake news on their social media timeline.
A hoax news story that has been circulating on Facebook claiming the actor and WWE star died after a failed stunt with the following headline: “BBC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Dies at 47 after a terrible stunt attempted failed.”
The hoax used the BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation) label to appear as a legitimate news organization. However, the link circulating on Facebook directs users to a hoax website.
A search on the BBC News website for the terms “Dwayne Johnson dead” or “Dwayne Johnson death” does not garner any results similar to the link being shared on social media.
Dwayne Johnson is one of the most influential entertainers with 14 million Twitter followers and over 160 million Instagram followers.
Several people have reacted to the death hoax on Twitter with some asking Johnson to confirm whether he is alive or dead.
@TheRock there is a news thing going around on Facebook saying you have past away please say this isn’t true????
— Josh Robinson (@JoshRob05123239) November 13, 2019
@TheRock Didn't realise u were dead, but then I always remembered can u smell what the rock is cooking and I think that's a dope film pic.twitter.com/aK6ahTJ3SC
— DJKai[✖‿✖] (@DjkaiJones) November 13, 2019
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has not responded to the death hoax and is focusing on one of his many projects. The ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ actor updated his Instagram account with a photo of his upcoming Under Armour campaign.
This isn’t the first time the internet has declared Johnson dead. The actor debunked a death hoax in 2011 on Facebook. In 2014, a similar hoax claimed the actor died while shooting a stunt for Fast and Furious 7.
Dwayne Johnson recently appeared at UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz where he presented the winner of the main event Jorge Masvidal with the BMF belt.
The actor recently wrapped up filming Jumanji: The Next Level and is producing an MMA film about mixed martial arts fighter Mark “The Smashing Machine’ Kerr.
The Rock is alive and well, the actor has not immediately responded to a request for comment on this report.