An Adam Sandler death hoax has hit Twitter. Over the weekend, social media began to buzz with reports that the comedy actor had met an early demise.
And while it is unclear how the rumor started, it gained the attention of many people who were tricked into believing that Sandler had actually died, with many leaving tributes and messages of condolences.
Sandler, 50, is in fact alive and well. A website called Linkbeef claimed that he was found dead after returning from rehab in San Francisco, but The Inquisitr points out the report mixes fabricated details with real information from the death of fellow comedian Robin Williams. Read the faux report below.
Sandler had recently returned to a rehabilitation centre to ‘fine-tune’ his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in July. The local Sheriff’s office said Sandler was found unconscious and not breathing at his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made,’ police said in a statement.
According to Snopes, this is actually the third time in recent years that a Sandler death hoax has been evoked. The Inquisitr reports that the hoaxes surfaced in January, and before that, April 2016, when he was promoting the Netflix film The Do-Over. Ironically, the film was about two men who faked their own deaths.
There is even a Facebook account called “Adam Sandler is not Dead” that keeps tabs on the actor’s death hoaxes dating back to 2010. Check out the initial hoax post above.
Many users on Twitter were legitimately fooled, and voiced their concern. “I just saw an Adam Sandler death hoax and I just about cried…” wrote one user, while another tweeted “Stop spreading Adam Sandler’s fake death. I was so close to freak out only to find out that it’s hoax.” Check out some of the most frazzled reactions below.
Others were just plain angered by the fact that Sandler death hoaxes keep circulating the internet. “Whoever started the rumors about Adam Sandler’s death is a b**ch,” tweeted one particularly irate user.
Another was simply relieved to know that the Happy Gilmore (1996) actor was alive and well: “It’s such a relief knowing that Adam Sandler’s death news is a hoax. He’s a great actor and i love his movies!”
Sandler is currently promoting the film The Meyerowitz Stories, co-starring Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. He will next be seen (or heard rather) in Hotel Transylvania 3, which is set for release on July 13th, 2018.