English actor David Jason, who is popularly known for his role as Derek Edward "Del Boy "Trotter in BBC series "Only Fools and Horses", joined the long list of celebrities, who have fallen victim to Internet death hoax.
The fake death news of the English actor started doing the rounds after an online portal called eurnews.eu played a prank on its readers by publishing a death report.
The article published under the title "David Jason OBE Dead At The Age Of 75" reads: "David Jason, Famous for his roles in Only Fools And Horses and Open All Hours Passed away tonight at his country home of a Heart Attack..."
When opened, the fake death report of the TV legend stays on the page for a second and the takes the readers to the next page that states "You've been pranked".
But some of his fans believed the news after it was shared on various social networking and Ok Magazine quoted one of them as saying, "I just read that the great Sir David Jason has passed away. Absolutely gutted. I grew up watching OFAH, OAH, DBOM and ATOF".
Meanwhile, a few of his followers realised that they have been pranked and expressed their anger on Twitter, according to Mirror. The fan messages ranged from, "For all you plonkers put there, David Jason is NOT dead. Just another hoax" to "Why the h*** would people wanna start a rumour that David Jason is dead. I'm fuming".
"Open All Hours" fame actor is the latest one to join the list of celebrities who have been a victim of Internet death hoax this year. Other celebrities, who were mourned even while they were alive, include Ricky Martin, Betty White, Will Smith, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Gilliam and John Cena.