Online speculation that US actor Jack Black has died appears to be the work of a hacker who posted messages on his rock band’s official Twitter account.
Fans expressed dismay after a message on Tenacious D’s Twitter page claimed Black had died at the age of 46.
Subsequent messages, however, appeared to suggest the group’s account had been hacked by a prankster.
John Konesky, a guitar player with Tenacious D, has also attributed the rumours to a malicious hacking.
Calls made to Black and his band’s US and UK representatives have yet to be answered, though some fans were quick to rubbish the alleged claims.
One Twitter user said Black was in fact on a plane headed to Los Angeles following his appearance with bandmate Kyle Glass at two music festivals in Germany.
One of those events, Rock am Ring near Frankfurt, has since been cancelled due to bad weather.
It has also been speculated that Black and Glass themselves were responsible for the tweets that surfaced on Sunday morning.
It is not the first time Black, whose films include Kung Fu Panda and School of Rock, has been the victim of an online hoax.
One in 2012 claimed he had fallen off a cliff in New Zealand, while another in 2014 alleged he had died after a stroke.