Sylvester Stallone’s brother calls death hoax ‘sick and demented’

It was falsely reported that the 'Rocky' actor had died

Sylvester Stallone’s brother has dubbed the people behind the actor’s recent death hoax as ‘sick and demented’.

Earlier this morning, reports began spreading the Stallone, 71, had died after a battle with prostate cancer. Accompanying images showed the actor looking haggard and losing hair, but these are reportedly from an upcoming film role in Creed 2.

“Please ignore this stupidity,” wrote Stallone on his official Instagram account, “Alive and well and happy and healthy. Still punching!”

His brother, Frank Stallone, was more incensed, taking to Twitter to slam the people behind the hoax. “Rumors that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post?” he wrote, “People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society”

“This picture was posted of my brother by the low life who said he was dead,” he continued in a separate Instagram post. “This photo is from the make up trailer on the set of Creed. Who raised these cretans [sic] anyway that they would find humor in someone’s passing? This person@rockybalboa should be thrown off social media and locked up!”

Please ignore this stupidity… Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching!

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Sylvester Stallone recently revealed that Creed 2 will begin shooting next year as a follow-up to the incredible 2015 film featuring Michael B. Jordan and Stallone himself.

Taking to Instagram, the veteran Rocky actor posted an image of himself and Jordan with the caption: “Getting stronger !!! 2018 #Creed 2 #mgm #fitness #Rocky”. Variety inquired to what this date referred to to which MGM responded saying: “We are continuing to work on developing the sequel to ‘Creed’”.

Meanwhile, Dolph Lundgren is set to appear in Creed 2, making his return as the infamous Ivan Drago. In an Instagram post the actor was seen working out with the caption: “Getting ready for something big!”

“Ryan (Coogler) has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone said. “Think of The Godfather 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”