The 71-year-old actor posted an Instagram photo of the hoax, which claims he passed away from prostate cancer and was secretly hiding his illness. "Please ignore this stupidity… Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching," he says in the caption. It also includes photos of him looking frail. Snopes traced those photos back to released stills from the upcoming Creed 2.
Stallone's younger brother Frank was rightfully pissed at the hoax as well and dismissed them on social media.
"Rumors that my brother is dead are false," the 67-year-old tweeted. "What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post?" Frank also called out hosts Sean Hannity and Greg Gutfeld: "People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society."
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.@FoxNews @seanhannity @greggutfeld— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 19, 2018
Sly death a total hoax, not funny not cool . https://t.co/C4CKixQ3V4— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 19, 2018
This rumor of my brothers death really upset a lot of people today including me and my mother. Have we become a diseased society, with mass shootings so much discord and hatred . Things must change or we’re heading for certain disaster @seanhannity— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 19, 2018
This marks the second time Stallone was subject to a death hoax. The first one occurred in 2016, and he made a joke about it, claiming he was part of The Walking Dead. But Stallone currently has bigger issues to deal with than silly rumors. He recently hired a lawyer to handle a report filed by a woman who is accusing the actor of rape.
The incident reportedly took place in 1990, which puts it outside California’s 10-year statute of limitations. But authorities are still pushing forward with an investigation.