Rumor: Actor, comedian Ray Romano is dead

Comedian Ray Romano performs at grand opening Brad Garrett's Comedy Club at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino on March 29, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Did the "Parenthood" guest star, best known for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Men of a Certain Age," die by being gutted like a fish?

FALSE: The death hoax strikes again

News that Ray Romano was killed in the master bedroom of Hollywood home when an intruder attacked the sleeping comedian/actor and left him "gutted like a fish" is circulating on the Internet. But don't worry — 55-year-old Romano, best known for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Men of a Certain Age,"  will be back to guest star as boss Hank Rizzoli on "Parenthood."

The story of his untimely death is purely fictional. "All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news," reads a disclaimer at NationalReport.net, where the story originally surfaced. It's a satirical site that has brought such made-up news as Obamacare microchip implants are being issued in Wyoming. "Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental," the site states.

But that hasn't stopped the story about Romano's demise from circulating on forums, Facebook and Twitter, even though post-"death" he is newly being offered for bookings as a comedian.

Actually, National Report has been moved to correct its story about Romano. It did so by posting a bogus update — this time saying it was a different Ray Romano who died, but a fact checker (since "terminated") erroneously thought it was the comedian.

More celebrity death hoaxes

Action star Jackie Chan was incorrectly reported dead in July by International Business Times. Austin "Chumlee" Russell of History Channel's hit show "Pawn Stars" was falsely reported deceased in June by Internet Chronicle. Actor Tom Cruise was falsely deemed "dead" in April by a TV station in Australia. The hard-to-read Twitter hash tag announcing the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — #nowthatcherisdead — prompted fans of singer Cher to think she had died.

 

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