Sylvester Stallone was found dead at his Los Angeles home at age 69. See Example(s)
In September 2016, several Facebook users encountered a fraudulent message claiming that actor Sylvester Stallone was found dead at his home in Los Angeles.
The above-displayed Facebook message linked to a clickbait web site known for creating and sharing celebrity death hoaxes. This web site was responsible for previous death hoaxes involving Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Jaden Smith, Jim Carrey, Angelina Jolie and John Cena:
This web site spreads misinformation (almost always a death hoax) in an attempt to bait people into giving away their information. Here’s how the scam works: A salacious title (Sylvester Stallone found dead!) is posted to Facebook. Those interested in reading the article click the provided link, but before being redirected to the story they are greeted with a pop-up requesting permission to view their personal information:
Sylvester Stallone is not dead. When we bypassed the above-displayed permission request, we were greeted with a story about the actor’s son, Sage, who passed away in 2012.
It would be national news if Stallone really had passed away, and so far “news” stories about his alleged death are all connected to one malicious web site. TMZ photographed the actor and asked him about death rumors on 21 September 2016 as he was having dinner with wife Jennifer Flavin: