Vin Diesel is the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax, which claims the actor passed away after a failed stunt. The hoax appeared on Facebook and has been shared multiple times, falsely claiming that the Fast & Furious star died in a car crash.
According to multiple sources who received the hoax on Facebook, the link leads to x-rated material and a video which appears to show an edited version of CNN announcing Paul Walker’s death.
Walker died in 2013 and was Vin Diesel’s friend and co-star. Social media users are tricked into sharing the new hoax because the video pauses and asks the user to share the link before being able to continue watching.
These social media celebrity death hoaxes are often phishing scams, attempting to steal users’ identification. It also appears to have been spread by the same spam network that claimed Will Smith and his son Jaden died in a car crash in 2019.
Vin Diesel, who has over 64 million fans on Instagram, was active about six days ago and has not responded to his viral death hoax, however there are no other sources claiming that he is anything but alive and well.
Vin Diesel is very much alive
Vin Diesel is a busy actor having recently wrapped up the ninth main installment to the long-running Fast & Furious franchise in which he stars as Dominic Toretto. After filming finished, Diesel sent an emotional message to Paul Walker on his birthday on Instagram.
“Normally today I would be planning how to embarrass you with a birthday cake. Haha,” he wrote. “Instead, I reflect on how lucky I am to call you my brother. The tears never go away, but they change… from that of mourning to that of grace. We only hope to make you proud.”
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So much to tell you… so much to share… as you know, we have been filming in Scotland. We threw a party for the crew last night in appreciation for all of their hard work. It was one of those moments that so often in the past we were together smiling and getting everyone drunk, especially Justin. Haha. Who by the way would make you so proud with what he is accomplishing with this film. Nathalie was there, in her loving spirit. Oh, and John Cena was there, who you would just love. His gratitude is palpable… and knowing you, you would just want him to win. This week the studio came to meet about the next chapter, your ears were ringing again. You would have gotten a kick out of the fact that we met in a chapel. It was profound… normally today I would be planning how to embarrass you with a birthday cake. Haha. Instead I reflect on how lucky I am to call you my brother. The tears never go away, but they change… from that of mourning to that of grace. We only hope to make you proud. Speaking of which, guess what message I woke up to… your daughter. Meadow sending me love on this day. Wow, she knows me so well. She has your heart. Happy birthday… it’s amazing, but somehow you continue to make the world a better place.
Diesel recently appeared in the 2020 movie Bloodshot, which saw its theatrical release cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic closing all theatres. He is also reportedly set to appear in the Avatar sequel in an undisclosed role.
This isn’t the first time Diesel has been the subject of false death claims. He was subject to a viral death hoax in 2014, and a similar fake news story in late 2018 claimed he died in a failed stunt on set.
When is the new Fast & Furious being released?
The ninth Fast & Furious movie titled F9 was scheduled for release this year but was pushed back a year due to theaters being forced to close down. The trailer, which you can watch below, was released in January this year.
So while the internet has killed off Vin Diesel yet again, the actor is alive and well.