No, Mickey Rourke did not die in a snowboarding accident
No, Mickey Rourke did not die in a snowboarding accident while on vacation in Zermatt, Switzerland.
The actor is the latest victim of a frequently recycled Internet hoax. Every few months, the Global Associated News — which kind of sounds like a legitimate news wire, but is definitely not — decides to kill off a random celebrity in a skiing or snowboarding accident at the same Swiss resort.
Victims of the same fake, perilous accident include Sylvester Stallone, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy (a few different times), Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
According to an article on the website Travelers Today, Rourke’s Wikipedia page was even amended to say that he died on Jan. 23, 2013, but it has since been reverted.
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