Jackie Chan Death Hoax Sweeps Social Media

Kim LaCapria

Nearly 150,000 Jackie Chan fans have "liked" a page memorializing the action film star... despite the fact Jackie Chan is, in fact, alive and well.

The page, originally called "Jackie Chan R.I.P 08/17/2011" and now just called "Jackie Chan R.I.P" (perhaps for the next time "Jackie Chan dead" becomes a Twitter trending topic?) has been instrumental in pushing forward this incarnation of the Jackie Chan death hoax. For some reason, Chan can't stay alive in the internet death hoax rumor mill this year. In March, news of his death spread virally on Twitter, and fans of the Rush Hour star poured out condolences until it became apparent Chan had not died of a heart attack as the rumor claimed.

While the number of Facebook likes on the Jackie Chan death hoax page may seem like a lot, compare it to the actual Jackie Chan fan page, which has 20,161,490 likes. (Chan actually owns the Facebook page for simply "Jackie," like "Madonna," or "Cher.") Were there any official news on Jackie Chan's health or significant injury, it would certainly turn up on Jackie Chan's official page rather than some fly by night page that won't allow access to its wall- a wall that's probably covered in messages that insist Chan has not died.

38,000+ people have "liked" Chan's most recent quote on the page, in which he says:

‎"When I work I do it from my heart, and my heart is that I bring love to the world. When I travel around the world I bring my love. I bring so much love in my heart. I hope you can feel that." - Jackie