Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum’s mom thought the actor had passed away following a death hoax several years ago.
The Independence Day star was a victim of a false death rumor in 2009, when reports he had fallen off a cliff while filming a movie in New Zealand circulated, and Goldblum couldn’t reach him mum quickly enough to tell her to ignore the gossip.
“Someone had put online that I had fallen off a cliff in New Zealand,” he told U.S. late night show Watch What Happens Live on Monday (26Mar18). “Before we got the word out and I could call everybody, yes, my mom. She called and was like, ‘Jeffrey, are you alright? Are you alright?'”
“And then a friend of mine very tearfully and hysterically left a message,” he added.
Following the reports, Jeff poked fun at the rumors when he delivered a tribute to himself on The Colbert Report.
“No one will miss Jeff Goldblum more than me,” he said at the time. “He was not only a friend and mentor, but he was also me. Jeff Goldblum’s performances combined the muscularity of (Marlon) Brando, the pathos of (Meryl) Streep and the musky sensuality of a pride of baboons.”
Mark Hamill, Willie Nelson, Henry Cavill, and Betty White have also been victims of death hoaxes in recent years, while in February (18), Sylvester Stallone also laughed off reports of his death after a hoax suggested the Rocky star had lost a secret battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Please ignore this stupidity,” he wrote on Instagram. “Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching!”
And on a recent The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin revealed he has had to assure fans and friends he is still alive at least twice a year since he was a teenager thanks to death hoaxes.