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Judd Nelson Viral Death Hoax Sparked by Fake Fox News Story

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 07:19 AM

Judd Nelson, best known for his role in the movie "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire," is very much alive despite an Internet death hoax sparked by a fake Fox News story that went viral over the weekend and left his agent assuring fans of the star's good health.

Nelson, most recently completed an episode for the upcoming Fox series "Empire," was the subject of the fake story from a website with a URL that made some readers believe that it was an  article from Fox News.

"Multiple unconfirmed reports say Nelson was found dead Saturday evening in his Los Angeles condo after police responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man around 9:25 p.m.," the faux story claimed. "Although police have not yet released the man's identity, multiple occupants of Sierra Towers, a popular 31-story West Hollywood high-rise, have confirmed that it was Nelson's condo police responded to and a single body was carried out of the apartment on a stretcher."

The problem is that none of it was true, according to Nelson's manager Gregg Klein, who had Nelson take a photo of the actor with Sunday's edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Nelson's manager Jean-Pierre Henraux told the Times that Nelson does not live in the location of the story mentioned, and added that he was in "perfect" health.

Nelson joins a long list of celebrities in recent years that include Bill Nye, Jackie Chan, Jon Bon Jovi, Russell Crowe, Jeff Goldblum, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Usher and Lady Gaga who have had to reclaim their lives after being claimed dead in the Internet, reported SMOSH.com.

Henraux said in the upcoming "Empire," Nelson plays an antagonist to Terrance Howard's character. "Empire" will premiere in January and will feature Howard and Taraji P. Henson in a drama about the hip hop music industry, according to HitFix.com.

Along with appearing in so-called "Brat Pack" movies "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire" in the 1980s, Nelson appeared in numerous other films including "From the Hip" in 1987 and "New Jack City" in 1991, along with the television series "Suddenly Susan" from 1996 to 1999.

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Judd Nelson, best known for his role in the movie "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire," is very much alive despite an Internet death hoax sparked by a fake Fox News story that went viral over the weekend and left his agent assuring fans of the star's good health.
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