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Sylvester Stallone isn't dead - brother Frank hits out at 'sick demented trolls' for spreading death rumours

Mirror logo Mirror 20/02/2018 Lucy Buckland

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Sylvester Stallone's brother has lashed out at "sick and demented' trolls who were spreading rumours he was dead.

Taking to Twitter, Frank Stallone said: "Rumors that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society."

It is the second death hoax surrounding the star in as many years - with a mysterious account sharing pictures of the Rocky star looking unwell and balding. It is thought this was from a movie role. 

Fans of the Rocky and Rambo action movie legend were thrown into a state of shock back in 2016 as a cruel rumour circulated on social media which appeared to confirm his death.

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone wearing a suit and tie: Credits: FilmMagic © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: FilmMagic

A fake news story - allegedly from US news site CNN - was being shared on Facebook, with fans clicking on the spam article, which then shares it on their page for their friends to see.

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Last time Stallone ignored the disgusting prank - but is is thought this recent hoax has rocked the family.

Fans were confused when the hoax broke, with one writing: "Is Sylvester Stallone dead or it was just a hoax? #StalloneDead? (sic)"

Jaden Smith wearing a suit and tie: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty

Back in 2016, Will Smith's teenage son Jaden was the subject of a similar prank , with a 'video' being uploaded to Facebook which claimed to feature him saying goodbye to his famous dad before allegedly committing suicide.

The star - who is alive and well - was the victim of another cruel hoax four years earlier.

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