CLAIM

Actor Ato Essandoh was killed during the filming of 'Django Unchained.' See Example(s)

EXAMPLES
Collected via Email, February 2016

Django costar was said to be killed on set during a scene where he was ripped apart by dogs and the actor that portrayed him volunteered to be killed by the dogs to make the scene life like. Is this true?

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In February 2016, an old rumor claiming that actor Ato Essandoh had been killed during the filming of Django Unchained started recirculating on Facebook as the following meme:

django meme

 

The above-displayed graphic was first shared on the internet shortly after the release of Django Unchained in 2012, referring to the following scene:

At the time, Ato Essandoh debunked his own death hoax on Twitter:

death hoax

 

The actor also discussed the death hoax in an interview with City Beat in July 2013:

(Dealing with the death hoax) was fun because I was just on Twitter and somebody tweeted me that and I just about to dismiss it — I was like oh, that’s so stupid — and then I saw that there were like 500 comments, people who were like, ‘Is this true? Did Leonardo DiCaprio kill this poor boy? Did he sacrifice himself?’ Are you kidding me? So I just started tweeting. Once you get my snark going, I’ll just start snarking it up all over Twitter. So that was one of the best things that’s happened in my career, I guess — people thinking I’m dead!

Rumors about Ato Essandoh’s death at the hands of Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, and a dog weren’t true when they first circulated in 2012, and (unsurprisingly) still weren’t true when they came around once again, nearly four years later.