Dwayne Johnson Death Hoax: The Rock Is Dead Rumors Are Fake

Rubi ValdezJun 21, 2014 12:11 PM EDT

Actor Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, was reported dead due to a dangerous stunt gone arwy in his upcoming film, Fast & Furious 7. The death hoax was published on a satirical website, Global Associated News, claiming that the famous wrestler and actor had a fatal fall from Kauri Cliff in New Zealand.

"Actor Dwayne Johnson died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning - June 10, 2014.  Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set," the report read.

A similar video entitled Rest In Peace Dwayne Johnson 1972-2014 quickly went viral and sparked concerns among social media users and fans of The Rock, reported Malware Labs. Despite his death rumor, 42-year-old Dwayne Johnson remained busy with his schedule, finalizing the latest installment of the Fast & Furious series.

In his June 10 tweet, Johnson said, "Just wrapped a massive post earthquake scene for San Andreas. To the hundreds of background actors/extras... thank you for all your hard work."

The Rock is included in the long list of death hoax victims including Chris Brown, Jackie Chan, Jon Bon Jovi, Russell Crowe, Usher, and Lady Gaga.

Satirical websites are created to publish fake stories concerning celebrities and popular figures intended for the readers' entertainment.  "Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by website visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment," a disclaimer from Global Associated News read.

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