Sylvester Stallone Says Reports of His Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, He’s ‘Still Punching’
By FOX NEWS CLEVELAND // February 20, 2018
Death Hoax Began With Viral Facebook Post
(FOX NEWS ) – Social media posts mourning Sylvester Stallone were quickly disputed Monday morning by the actor who is alive and “still punching.”
Fans shared “rest in peace” graphics mourning the Rocky actor even after he spoke out on Twitter and Instagram about the hoax.
Stallone also pointed out to images insisting the star was suffering from an illness, prompting him to lose his hair.
The photos are most likely are from a scene Stallone has filmed.
“Please ignore this stupidity,” Stallone, 71, tweeted. “Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching!”
Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series’ seven films from 1976 to 2015; soldier John Rambo from the four Rambo films, released between 1982 and 2008; and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014.
He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films.
Stallone’s film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum.
His use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the “Rocky Steps.”
In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.
He became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. He received positive reviews, as well as his first Golden Globe Award win and a third Academy Award nomination, for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film Creed.
Please ignore this stupidity… Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching! https://t.co/sgRhOguHhs
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) February 19, 2018
The rumor appears to have started with a post on Facebook.
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