Mark Hamill Mocks Death Hoax: “Don’t Rush Me!”
Mark Hamill is mocking a death hoax after a fake news report falsely claimed he died. See screengrab below.
On Thursday, the Twitter account “@SkyNiews” tweeted, “BREAKING: Mark Hamill has passed away age 65, most notable for his role in Star Wars as Luke Skywalker.” Accompanying the message was a memorial photo showing the actor with “1951-2017” designated on the picture. But “@SkyNiews,” despite appearances, is NOT Sky News, the authentic U.K. news outlet.
This Twitter account is run by an impostor that is attempting to dupe people into thinking it is a legitimate feed for the media company. In addition to the deceptively similar name, the page also uses the official Sky News logo. Notably, while the link included in the falsified tweet does go to the actual Sky News website, it tellingly leads to a “page not found” message.
And well, that’s because the real Sky News never reported Hamill’s death. And that’s because the star is alive and well. To his credit, Hamill is taking the hoax in stride.
He amusingly tweeted in response, “Don’t rush me, already! #StillVeryMuchAmongstTheLivingThankYou.” The response has racked up 26,000 retweets and a whopping 50,000 “likes.”
The baseless death rumor comes less than two months after the Star Wars family suffered a very real loss with the passing of Carrie Fisher. Everyone, including Hamill, is still in mourning. With that very true tragedy, fake ones like this are all the more disturbing.