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Jackie Chan lives, but so do celebrity death hoaxes

Jackie Chan: A Facebook Page proclaiming that Jackie Chan had died of a heart attack on Aug. 17 caused a stir. But the fake news was also old news.

Jackie Chan poses with students at an event for Operation Smile on Aug. 6.

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After the recent creation of a Facebook page titled ‘R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11)’, fans of the martial artist and comic superstar lamented the actor’s death. But Chan is just fine.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong actor told E! News that Chan is "very much alive."

Chan's alleged demise was yet another in a series of celebrity death hoaxes that have spread through cyberspace in recent years. In fact, it was only in March that Chan’s death was last fabricated.

Part of the reason the phenomenon is so pervasive, wrote CNN's John D. Sutter in a 2009 story on online celebrity death hoaxes, is that the Internet has so greatly accelerated the speed of information flow, making it “difficult to verify what’s true and what may be so shockingly false.”


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