Could the rumors be true? Is John Cena dead?
In the past few days, new rumors indicating that John Cena died via a car accident have begun to circulate on social media. On Facebook, an image even popped up with a photo of the wrestler indicating that Cena “is dead by accident.”
Turns out, the rumors simply aren’t true, according to Snopes.com. The myth-debunking website, known for its accuracy, broke down the rumor and verified that John Cena is, in fact, still alive.
According to Snopes, the rumor began after a website reported that Cena had died via a car accident while driving a sports car at speeds up to 95 miles per hour. The report, which Snopes said was published in July, claims that the vehicle Cena was allegedly driving in “crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll.”
The website with the report of John Cena’s death is called TMZ News Online. The site is not affiliated with TMZ.com.
— snopes.com (@snopes) July 10, 2016
As noted by Snopes, this isn’t the first time that outlets have reported John Cena dead. In fact, he professional wrestler and TV personality has been the subject of death hoaxes on many occasions. The most recent John Cena death hoax came in 2015, but the hoax that gained the most notoriety came in 2013.
A previous John Cena death hoax claimed that the wrestling superstar had died of a head injury that he suffered when he was practicing a stunt with Dwayne Johnson. At the time of the rumor, Hoax-Slayer.com debunked the rumor, indicating that the hoax was an effort to gain clicks on malicious links via Facebook.
Though Snopes reports that Cena has not spoken out about the most recent death rumors, it should be noted that 39-year-old has been active on his social media accounts within the past 24 hours. On Saturday, he spoke on ESPN’s SportsCenter about his friend, Brock Lesnar, and the then-upcoming UFC 200 fights.
“If he doesn’t win tonight, it’s obviously not his night,” Cena said on ESPN’s SportCenter on Saturday. “But having been associated with Brock, I don’t see it going any other way.”
John Cena, 39, has been an active part of the professional wrestling community since he began working with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 1999. He eventually moved on to sign with the WWE. He’s since become one of the most recognizable — and polarizing — wrestlers in the promotion.
Fans concerned about Cena’s well-being have been active on social media, as well. Fans across Twitter have reached out to Cena to ask him to address the most recent rumors of his death.
@JohnCena pleas out and end to the rumors… You are not dead, correct?
— Tom Leiss (@TomLeiss) July 10, 2016
— Graeme Duffy (@GraemeDuffy12) July 10, 2016
Still others have spoken out in an effort to quell the circulating death hoax rumors.
— Claire Rayment (@Claire5276) July 10, 2016
Hey everyone John Cena is not dead. It was a fake story.
— Saltine-American (@BazarComedy) July 10, 2016
How do you feel about celebrity death hoax rumors and the report that John Cena is dead? Do you initially believe the rumors or have you begun to dismiss death hoax rumors for the false reports they are?
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