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Sylvester Stallone Is Not Dead, Despite 'Last Regret' Death Hoax

Here's what we found when we went searching for the latest death hoax for the film star.

Published Dec 7, 2022

Sylvester Stallone visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studios on Nov. 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studios on Nov. 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Claim:
Film actor Sylvester Stallone died in November 2022.

On Nov. 22, 2022, a YouTube video was uploaded that claimed film actor Sylvester Stallone was dead. The video title read, "5 minutes ago, legendary actor Sylvester Stallone is saying goodbye, along with his last regret." However, this was nothing more than the latest death hoax for Stallone, who previously was said to have been killed in a car accident in Australia in 2014 and or died of prostate cancer in 2016.

Sylvester Stallone was not dead yet despite a death hoax that said he died.

Despite the misleading video, which had so far received more than 173,000 views, we found no credible reporting that said Stallone was dead, nor did we locate any information about him being sick, injured, or hospitalized. In reality, the 76-year-old actor was busy promoting his new Paramount+ series, "Tulsa King."

In the days after the YouTube video went up, similar death hoaxes for Stallone also appeared on Facebook. One such video post said, "With a heavy heart at the tearful farewell to Legendary actor Sylvester Stallone, goodbye Stallone."

Sylvester Stallone was not dead yet despite a death hoax that said he died.

Another Facebook post was captioned with a death hoax about fellow film actor Bruce Willis, but featured a link to a different story about Stallone. This led us to believe that the people behind the videos and posts about Stallone also created recent hoaxes about Willis, "America's Got Talent" judge Simon Cowell, reality TV star Amy Roloff, Hollywood icons Clint Eastwood and Julia Roberts, and country music star Alan Jackson, all of which we covered with separate stories.

Sylvester Stallone was not dead yet despite a death hoax that said he died.

As we noted in our previous articles about the other celebrities, the links from the Facebook posts led to misleading reporting that showed pop-up ads. Those pop-up ads led to malware, which appeared to be the goal of the people involved in pushing the death hoaxes. We strongly recommend against clicking links, especially strange pop-up ads, on suspect websites that readers have never visited before.

With these kinds of death hoaxes, we advise that readers proceed with caution before believing in them, or sharing them. If a purported death announcement on social media mentions "very sad news," a "tearful farewell," or a "last regret," and shows a strange picture next to a casket or other images that don't look legitimate, it's probably a hoax.

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---. "Julia Roberts Is Not Dead, Despite 'Sad News' Facebook Death Hoax." Snopes, 5 Dec. 2022, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/julia-roberts-death-hoax/.

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Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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