“Rest in peace,” it reads, over a photo of Atkinson. “Rowan Sebastian ‘Mr Bean’ Atkinson, Born: January 6 1955, Died: May 29 2021”.
But did he really die on May 29 2021? We checked.
‘Dead’ on social media since 2012
And there have been no credible media reports of his death. Given Atkinson’s fame, his death would have received wide media coverage.
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