John Witherspoon dead? Say it ain’t so!

As news of Witherspoon’s death bounced around the Twitterverse, thousands mourned the loss of the actor best known for his work in the “Friday” film franchise.

And the verdict is … death by Twitter rumor. Actresses Regina King and Jackée Harry confirmed Witherspoon is alive and kicking.

It wasn’t long before Witherspoon caught wind of the rumor.

Not one to let a death hoax go to waste, Witherspoon seized the opportunity to promote his cooking show.

Now if only he could get his Twitter account verified.