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No, US actor Sylvester Stallone not dead as claimed online

IN SHORT: US actor and filmmaker Sylvester Stallone has been a victim of death hoaxes over the years. However, social media claims about his death are false.

A post shared on Facebook in Nigeria claims Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has died. 

Sylvester Stallone is an actor, screenwriter and filmmaker from the United States best known for his Rocky and Rambo film series. 

A photo of Stallone and another showing people at a funeral were attached to the post

The post reads: “We announce very sad news about Legendary actor Sylvester Stallone, Goodbye Stallone (Rambo).”

The same claim appeared on Facebook here, here, here, here, here,here, here, and here.

But is Stallone really dead? We checked.


Internet killed off Stallone

Stallone has been a victim of death hoaxes over the years. In 2018, the actor debunked news of his death via his social media handles. 

We looked through Stallone’s official Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) handles and found no announcement of his death.

Stallone is a leading light in the action film industry and news of his death would have made both local and international headlines if it were true. 

Africa Check has debunked several false claims about the deaths of local and international celebrities. 

Celebrity death hoaxes can adversely affect celebrities, their families and supporters while also promoting social media distrust and fostering clickbait and phishing scams.

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