Nicolas Cage became the subject of yet another death hoax recently. This time around, reports claimed the actor allegedly died in a fatal motorcycle accident.
News of Cage's death spread on social media after several users shared a CNN picture claiming the 52-year-old actor died in a road accident. The actor's mug shot, also inserted in the picture, was captioned: "Famous Actor Nicolas Cage Passed Away: Fatal Motorcycle Accident."
Although many of Cage's fans were shocked to learn the actor passed away, the veracity of the claim was questioned by some.
The picture, on which the CNN logo was superimposed, looked dubious as it depicted an accident that took place in San Diego in 2011. Furthermore, news of Cage's supposed death didn't appear on the CNN website, or on any other media outlets. The image has now been taken down.
This isn't the first time that Cage has been a victim of a death hoax. A few weeks earlier, reports of his death in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland swirled around the internet. According to rumours, Cage lost control of his snowboard and collided into a tree. The actor allegedly died on the way to the hospital.
However, none of these claims have been found to be true. Cage is busy with his upcoming films "Snowden" and "The Croods 2," scheduled for release in 2017. In the past few years, the actor has been largely absent from red carpet events and award functions. He was last seen on a dinner date with a mystery woman in Las Vegas in June, six months after separation from wife, Alice Kim.