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Sylvester Stallone, brother denounce death hoax

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Macau, August 22, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Actor Sylvester Stallone during the movie ``The Expendables 3`` special screenings and red carpet event at the Venetian Macao in Macau August 22. The American action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the event. (Xinhua/Zhang Jin and Jia She)

Sylvester Stallone and his brother Frank denounce death hoax … reports Asian Lite News.

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Actor Sylvester Stallone. (Xinhua/Zhang Jin and Jia She)

Popular Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone on Monday slammed social media reports of his death while his younger brother Frank termed those spreading the hoax as “mentally deranged”.

“Please ignore the stupidity. Alive and well and happy and healthy…Still punching!” the 71-year-old Stallone, the hero of the popular “Rambo” and “Rocky” series, posted on his Twitter handle.

Terming the social media reports of his brother’s death as rumours, Frank, 67, said: “What kind of sick demented cruel mind things of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society.”

Sylvester pointed out that the images purporting to show him suffering from an illness that made him lose his hair were likely from a scene he has filmed for one of films.

There was a spate of social media posts on Monday claiming that the actor had died of cancer.

This is not the first time that erronious messages of Sylvester’s demise had flooded social media. In 2016, a British media news site had claimed he was dead, prompting him to upload a photo of himself with Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev on Instagram.

Sylvester’s last post on social media was made on Sunday to promote his new film “Creed II”.