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Rumors of Jackie Chan's death took the Internet by storm on Tuesday, knocking the wind out of the international action star's fans with all the swift fury of a kung-fu punch to the gut. But contrary to reports -- which circulated on Twitter, Facebook and eventually on news sites and blogs -- that Chan had succumbed to a heart attack, the 56-year-old star of The Karate Kid and Rush Hour is not dead. In fact, the only thing the Hong Kong-born star has fallen prey to is yet another celebrity death hoax.
"Jackie is alive and well," a message on Chan's official Facebook page assures his fans. "He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports. Jackie is fine and is busy preparing for the filming of his next movie."
Even celebs like Adam Sandler were agitated by the false reports. The Grown-Ups funnyman took to his Twitter account to rally the troops to shoot down the rumors. "RIP Jackie Chan is not true," he wrote. "R E T W E E T this get the word around."
Not satisfying enough proof? To drive home the point that he's far from dead, Chan took to his official website to post a photo, dated March 29, showing the actor meeting with Yuji Kumamaru, the Consul-General of Japan, in Hong Kong to discuss details of the Love Without Borders 3/11 Candelight Gala -- a charity event that will benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Chan joins the ranks of Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Bill Cosby, Will Smith and even Justin Bieber, all of whom have been the subject of online death hoaxes in recent months. Welcome to the club, Jackie!