Is The Undertaker dead? News that WWE wrestler Mark Calaway died on April 11 surfaced on the Internet over the weekend, but fans soon found out it was yet another celebrity death hoax.
The Undertaker recently lost a match to Brock Lesner during Wrestlemania XXX, but despite rumors circulating on Twitter and Facebook, he did not die in his sleep last Friday night.
The Epoch Times reports that Calaway is indeed "alive and well" and enjoying life at his home in Texas.
How did the rumor start? A satire site, Empire Sports published a story about the Undertaker, stating that he died in his Texas home as a result of a "severe concussion" he suffered at Wrestlemania.
"We just received word that another legend will be joining him [Ultimate Warrior]. Mark “The Undertaker” Calaway was found in his Houston home dead late last night by his wife Michelle McCool."
Empire Sports is a satire site, similar to the Onion or the fake news site, The Daily Currant. The stories published on these sites are not true purely for entertainment, yet many people do not take the time to read the site disclaimer to find this out.
The disclaimer on states that Empire Sports uses, "invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental."
Rumors that the Undertaker died upset many WWE fans, especially after the recent death of the Ultimate Warrior. Former WWE Star James Hellwig collapsed outside hotel on Tuesday, April 8, just days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Hall of Fame.
The Undertaker death rumor is like many celebrity death hoaxes that circulate on the web: totally untrue. Checking facts and reading site disclaimers is important and proves that not everything you read on Twitter, Facebook and on websites, like Empire Sports, is true.