How Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Got Caught Up in a Death Hoax

Like Betty White, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is someone who is almost universally adored by fans and his peers. He’s got a pretty stellar reputation in Hollywood, is a newlywed, and loves being generous with his time and wealth. Sure, he has his detractors and haters, but generally speaking, what’s not to like? On top of that, he has a slew of new projects that are either ready to hit theaters or are in development, and fans want to see what The Rock is cooking up next.

That’s why when negative rumors about him go viral, it causes alarm.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
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The Rock’s name swept up in a death hoax

If you’re on social media, then you’re aware that celebrity death announcements make the rounds. Sometimes they’re legit, and sometimes they’re fake. In the case of The Rock, a false headline gained traction on Facebook that read, “‘BBC: Dwayne The Rock Johnson Dies at 47 after a terrible stunt attempted failed,’ Metro UK reported.

The BBC, a reputable news organization in the U.K., published no such story but that didn’t stop fans from freaking out over it. Those who clicked on the fake headline in Facebook were taken to a bogus website. Word of The Rock’s “death” soon found its way onto Twitter where users were seeking confirmation and/or expressing their sadness. It went that far, but tweets revealing the truth soon shut it down.

It’s not the first time The Rock was part of a hoax

As pointed out by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the actor has been the victim of death rumors in the past. When it happened back in 2011, the Rock jumped on Facebook to assure people that he was still indeed alive and well. In that post, he wrote, “Rumors of my death are false – I’m still “Bringin’ It’ 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including leap year!”

Rumors resurfaced again in 2014 and linked his untimely expiration to a stunt gone wrong while filming Furious 7. Viral posts made their way around the internet and led to people clicking on malware. In 2017, the death hoax struck again with fake videos luring in unsuspecting fans about The Rock.

Fortunately, he’s just fine

While the fake death news hit the web on Nov. 13, the next day, the world learned that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was cast as Black Adam for a film in the DC Universe.

It’s a role that’s been in the making since at least 2012, and the film is due to be released in 2021. What’s next for Johnson? Jumanji: The Next Level with Jack Black and Kevin Hart will drop on Dec. 13, and he’ll star alongside Emily Blunt in Jungle Cruise. That film arrives in theaters July 2020.

As for this year’s rumors, the Rock hasn’t bothered to address them as he’s been busy promoting his films and celebrating his legacy with the WWE. Fans should keep their eyes and ears open to learn what’s next for the action star and verify any weird information with multiple media outlets.