Jackie Chan Death Hoax Urban Legend

Jackie Chan was photographed by Gage Skidmore at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California on July 12, 2012.
Jackie Chan was photographed by Gage Skidmore at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California on July 12, 2012. | Source

Chan Kong-sang

Jackie Chan (Chan Kong-sang or 陳港生) was born in British Hong Kong on April 7, 1954. Chan is a multi-talented action choreographer, actor, comedian, director, entrepreneur, martial artist, producer, screenwriter, singer, and stunt performer.

Jackie Chan’s parents, Charles and Lee-Lee, both worked for the French ambassador to Hong Kong, Charles as a cook. In 1960, the parents immigrated to Canberra, Australia, after Charles received a job offer as head cook at the United States embassy. Rather than take Jackie with them, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan enrolled their son in the China Drama Academy in Hong Kong, a school affiliated with the Peking Opera Company. Jackie Chan remained at the school for 16 years, excelling in singing, acrobatics, and martial arts.

Jackie Chan and Fong Si-lung

In 1976, at the age of 22, after spending 16 years at the China Drama Academy, Chan Kong-sang joined his parents in Canberra, Australia. He obtained employment in the construction industry, working for a man named Jack. He was given the nickname "Little Jack," which later morphed into Jackie. Chan has been known as Jackie ever since.

In the late 1990s, Jackie Chan changed his Chinese name from Chan Kong-sang to Fong Si-lung (房仕龍). Charles Chan's original surname was Fong, and Jackie wanted to honor his father.

Jackie Chan's Acting Career

Jackie Chan had small acting roles in films beginning when he was six years old. In his early teens, he was an extra in a few Kung Fu films. When he was 17, using the stage name Chan Yuen Lung (陳元龍), Chan worked as a stuntman in two Bruce Lee films, Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. Chan's first starring role was in a limited-release Hong Kong film, Little Tiger of Canton.

Rumble in the Bronx, a Hong Kong film released worldwide in 1995, enabled Jackie Chan to obtain a foothold in the United States and Canada. Supercop—known as Police Story 3: Super Cop in Hong Kong—was released in North America in 1996. Rush Hour, a 1998 buddy cop action comedy in which Chan starred with Chris Tucker, was the actor's first blockbuster in the American market.

Jackie Chan has appeared in more than 150 films.

Jackie Chan Movie Posters

The movie posters shown below are all available as free wallpaper downloads from Jackie Chan's Web site.

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The Spy Nexy Door Movie PosterForbidden Kingdom Movie PosterKung Fu Panda Movie PosterRush Hour 3 Movie PosterThe Tuxedo Movie PosterThe Medallion Movie PosterShanghai Knights Movie PosterAround the World in 80 Days Movie PosterPolice Story Movie PosterRob B Hood Movie PosterRob B Hood Movie PosterThe Accidental Spy Movie PosterMyth Movie Poster
The Spy Nexy Door Movie Poster
The Spy Nexy Door Movie Poster | Source
Forbidden Kingdom Movie Poster
Forbidden Kingdom Movie Poster | Source
Kung Fu Panda Movie Poster
Kung Fu Panda Movie Poster | Source
Rush Hour 3 Movie Poster
Rush Hour 3 Movie Poster | Source
The Tuxedo Movie Poster
The Tuxedo Movie Poster | Source
The Medallion Movie Poster
The Medallion Movie Poster | Source
Shanghai Knights Movie Poster
Shanghai Knights Movie Poster | Source
Around the World in 80 Days Movie Poster
Around the World in 80 Days Movie Poster | Source
Police Story Movie Poster
Police Story Movie Poster | Source
Rob B Hood Movie Poster
Rob B Hood Movie Poster | Source
Rob B Hood Movie Poster
Rob B Hood Movie Poster | Source
The Accidental Spy Movie Poster
The Accidental Spy Movie Poster | Source
Myth Movie Poster
Myth Movie Poster | Source

What is the Jackie Chan Death Hoax?

Rumors have circulated periodically on the Internet—especially via Twitter and Facebook—that Jackie Chan died of a heart attack. Two "major" bouts of rumors occurred in 2011, as well as several smaller scattered occurrences.

March 29, 2011 Death Hoax

On March 29, 2011, a fake Web site was created which was made to look like the Australian news Web site Yahoo!7News. This bogus Web site reported that Jackie Chan had suffered a heart attack and had died.

The hoax was then fueled by someone tweeting that Chan had died of a heart attack. The message on Twitter went viral. Twitter nearly died of a heart attack due to the questions from, and oupouring of grief by, Jackie Chan's fans.

August 17, 2011 Death Hoax

On August 17, 2011, a bogus Facebook page called Jackie Chan R.I.P. 08/17/2011—later changed to Jackie Chan R.I.P.—appeared on Facebook. Once again, someone falsely stated that Jackie Chan had suffered a fatal heart attack. Once again, Twitter was flooded with messages from grieving fans—nearly 70,000 of them.

Jackie Chan is Alive and Kicking

Some people like to create hoax Web sites and start rumors about celebrities. Why? I really don't know.

If you read a statement, post, tweet, report, or anything else concerning Jackie Chan having a fatal heart attack, go to Jackie's Facebook page and see what Jackie has to say about the exaggerated reports of his death.

Animated Film "Mulan" (Hong Kong Version)

This is a video of Jackie Chan singing in Cantonese in the Hong Kong version of the animated film Mulan.

Jackie  Chan's star of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California was photographed on January 5, 2004 by asiu 1990.
Jackie Chan's star of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California was photographed on January 5, 2004 by asiu 1990. | Source

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Jackie Chan's star on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong was photographed by Terence Ong on December 19, 2005.
Jackie Chan's star on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong was photographed by Terence Ong on December 19, 2005. | Source

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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Daisy I had not heard that. I am so glad he is still alive.. . I love to watch Jackie Chan in Movies. if he died it would be a shame..

many blessings

Merry Christmas

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Debbie


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Debbie,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub.

Apparently, there are some people who derive pleasure from starting R.I.P. rumors about celebrities. There have been a number of cases of people creating fake Web sites and Facebook pages for this purpose.

Thanks for the Christmas wishes. Joyeux Noel.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Jackie Chan is a favourite actor of mine. He is multi-talented indeed.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Daisy, fascinating read. I never knew about the death thing, but I do love him as an actor, hes wonderful. And I like the way he came to be called Jackie, voted up! nell


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Art (rasta1),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article.

I enjoy Jackie Chan's films. I also like the fact that he plans to increase the amount of charity work he's been doing,


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I remember hearing about the August death hoax, but until I did the research for my article, I hadn't realized this sort of thing...these hoaxes...happen on a regular basis to celebrities.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I had not heard of the death hoax until now. I'm very glad it was just a hoax. I love Jackie Chan films. Voting up and interesting. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sheila (sgbrown),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

From what I learned during my research, hoaxes involving celebrities occur more often than most of us realize. I wonder what the people who create the hoax hope to accomplish by doing this.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

I love his movies. Never heard of the hoax. He still rocks!! Voted up, interesting.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Celebrity death hoaxes are quite common, unfortunately with social media it's easy for a hoax to become viral. William Shatner was the last hoax I heard about, I think it was last month. I lose track of time easily these days. I'm glad Jackie is A-OK.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Some people apparently like to start rumors...to see how far their hoaxes travels around the world. Celebrities are often the subject of these rumors or hoaxes.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

He's a hardworking and talented actor, he's got a nice voice too. Not to mention that his stunts put him in much danger! These hoaxes are probably created by people who just want to draw attention to themselves. Interesting read as usual, Daisy.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I hadn't realized how common celebrity hoaxes were until I began doing my research for this article.

Jackie, apparently, has been targeted several times. Perhaps the perpetrators know how panicked his fans will become, and they're hoping the hoax will go viral.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading my article and comenting in it. I liked Jackie's singing in the Hong Kong version of Mulan.

Jackie has had several hits on the Cantopop and Mandopop charts. I learned about his singing while doing my research.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Interesting things to learn about Charlie Chan! And indeed I think that the people who created the twitter and facebook account announcing his death did it to have some attention. It's just poor taste!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article about Jackie Chan and the death hoaxes. Thanks, too, for adding your comment.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm a Jackie Chan fan and never heard of this hoax. I certainly know he's still alive but it's good to clarify that for those taken in by fake websites. Voting this Up and Useful.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have watched many of Chan's movies and enjoy his humor. He has talent in martial arts. Glad you clarified this hoax for us. He is in indeed still "kicking".


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio (alocsin),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I remember hearing about the August 2011 hoax. At the time I heard the news report, it was also mentiond that it was a hoax and that that there had been several others.

From what I've read in the past few days, it seems that celebrity hoaxes occur frequently. I can imagine someone starting a rumor about a celebrity and then when the report went viral on Facebook or Twitter, bragging to their friends that they had started the hoax.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I agree with you about the humor in Jackie Chan's movies. I like that a lot.

Jackie Chan is apparently going to cut back starring in the martial arts movies and devote more time to charities.


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jackb3 3 years ago from St. Louis

I love Jackie chan! Lol


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (jackb3),

It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading and commenting in my article.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Daisy, I did not know Jakie Chan death hoax before I read this. Whenever I'm let down, I watch his movies. Jakie Chan's movies are stress busters.

Cheers


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I remember hearing about the August 2011 death hoax, but not any of the others.

This is an Exclusives title. It sounded interesting, so I began investigating. Apparently, a number of celebrities have been targeted this way.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I always enjoy Jackie Chan movies. Campy and fun for the most part. I had never heard about the death hoax. Glad he is still around. I saw an interesting tv program on him once (60 minutes maybe, but not sure) and he has a really interesting story. Thanks for bringing this to us! Up interesting and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glimmer Twin Fan,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. Jackie Chan movies are fun! I enjoy watching them.


Adama Gidado 3 years ago

I'm glad the rumors aren't true. It would have been sad news. Jackie Chan is one of my favorite actors, it will sad to see him go.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Adama,

It's nice to "see" you gain. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

Celebrities, unfortunately, are the targets of hoaxes. Jackie Chan seems to be the target of more death hoaxes than are many other celebrities.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

News about the hoax spread about Jackie Chan's death is new for me. I'm glad it's not true. I'm a big Jackie Chan fan. Really enjot his comedy and stunts both.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rajan,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article.

Apparently, it isn't rare for there to be death hoaxes about celebrities. I came across several examples while doing the research for my Hub.


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Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

I heard about this, but the ultimate death hoax gotta be Rowan "Mr. Bean" Atkinson.

I heard he died in a huge variety of ways an allot of times.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rui,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. There have been rumors and hoaxes about the deaths of a lot of celebrities. I don't understand why people start the rumors and hoaxes. They have nothing to gain by doing it.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I'm with you Daisy. I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to start a death hoax....to what end?

Jackie Chan is one of the most likable movie stars ever. His films are obviously action packed and he just seems like such a down to earth guy, when he's not jumping in the air of course.

Thank you for the interesting information and great movie posters.

Voted up and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Death threat hoaxes involving a number of celebrities have allegedly been perpetrated. The people doing this have nothing to gain by their actions.

The movie posters were available as free wallpaper downloads from Jackie Chan's Web site. Jackie sometimes post messages on Twitter. His tweets often include candid photographs.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Interesting read. I'm glad Jackie Chan is alive and still kicking.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

FlourishAnyway,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your clever comment. Jackie Chan appears to me to be someone who wouldn't let rumors of his demise bother him.


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Levertis Steele 22 months ago from Southern Clime

Yes, Jackie Chan is a respectable, fine artist. I am glad to know that he is alive.

Thanks for sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Levertis Steele,

It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment.

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