Denzel Washington has joined the sprawling list of celebrities who have fallen victim to Internet death hoaxes.
According to The Huffington Post’s Black Voices, an article posted on the Global Associated News Web site reported that the actor had been killed in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
The faux report claimed Washington had been vacationing in a ski resort when he lost control of his snowboard and crashed into a tree, dying instantly.
“Washington was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash,” the article stated. “The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death.”
After the hoax spread quickly across the Internet, Washington’s publicist Alan Nierob told E! News that the actor was alive and well.
“He is working on location in Atlanta currently,” Nierob said.
Washington’s next film will be the thriller “Safe House,” set to debut in February.
Comedian Bill Cosby, singer Miley Cyrus, stand-up funnyman Sinbad, most recently Tiger Wood and countless others have been the victims of Internet hoaxes falsely claiming that they have died.
Last year, Fox News reported that many hoaxes begin on the user-generated online encyclopedia Wikipedia, as experts claim users can easily post false information before editors can pull it down.