For an hour or two on Sunday, Twitter was buzzing with news that actor Mickey Rourke died in a snowboarding accident. First things first: Mickey Rourke … snowboarding?
One fan of England’s football team, which lost to Italy on Sunday, had his own idea about the possible cause of death:
Thankfully, the rumor quickly was discounted. Its likely origin, however, was the sad, and real, news item about Spanish soccer player Miki Roque, who died of cancer:
Right. Last time. MICKEY ROURKE ACTOR IS NOT DEAD. Unfortunately, Miki Rourque a young footballer has lost his battle with cancer. RIP.
— Alex Winters (@alexwinterstv) June 24, 2012
Wikipedia was on the case, as always:
Mickey Rourke death by ski accident story is a hoax but Wikipedia has already updated with Date of death.
— SnoozeShade (@SnoozeShade) June 24, 2012
And one snarky tweeter had this to say:
Mickey Rourke is not dead. But he does look like he's been embalmed.
— Hampshire magician (@Sean_Boon) June 24, 2012
Ba dum bum.