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- There’s no credible evidence to support the claim that Jackie Chan is dead. He recently posted online about the death of his friend, Kenneth Tsang.
- Chan is often the subject of death hoaxes.
Celebrities are regularly killed off on social media in spite of the fact that they are alive and well in real life.
A new entry in this particular genre of misinformation was circulating online on May 2.
"Rest in peace to the great legend that made our childhood extra ordinary," a Facebook post said. "Jackie Chan."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We reached out to the actor and martial artist but did not immediately hear back about the post.
However, we found no evidence to corroborate it.
The account that posted it is a page that describes itself as "just for fun," and says "pleasee support me and my pagee thank you sweetheart’s."
Jackie Chan’s verified Facebook page, meanwhile, says nothing about his supposed passing, nor gives any indication that something is amiss.
Chan posted most recently on April 27, writing to remember an actor who had actually died: Kenneth Tsang. Chan shared a similar message on his verified Twitter account and on his website on the same date. There were no announcements of this death on either of those platforms either.
Chan has been the subject of death hoaxes before.
In March 2011, a post on his Facebook account said: "Jackie is alive and well. He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports. Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie."
Rumors that he was dead appeared online in March of this year, too.
IMDb shows that multiple movies that Chan is involved with are in post- or pre-production, and he’s credited as a producer on several upcoming films.
We rate this death hoax Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, May 2, 2022
Jackie Chan Facebook page, visited May 2, 2022
Jackie Chan Twitter page, visited May 2, 2022
Jackie Chan website, visited May 2, 2022
Jackie Chan Facebook post, March 29, 2011
Jackie Chan IMDB page, visited May 2, 2022
Distractify, Is Jackie Chan Dead? Explaining the Latest Social Media Hoax, March 11, 2022
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