Fake news of former Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya's death left Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi stunned and worried on Monday.
"Is the news on Sanath Jayasuriya true?? I got a news update on WhatsApp but see nothing here on Twitter!!" Ashwin tweeted as the news did rounds on social media.
Is the news on Sanath Jayasuriya true?? I got a news update on what's app but see nothing here on Twitter!!— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) May 27, 2019
Social media users were quick to respond to Indian spinner, informing him that it was fake news.
It’s false,Sanath himself has denied it— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) May 27, 2019
Ashwin made it clear in his follow-up tweet.
Ok it seems to be fake news. 🙏— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) May 27, 2019
Unfortunately, Ashwin wasn't the only celebrity to come across the hoax death of Sanath Jayasuriya.
On Monday, Bollywood celebrity Arshad Warsi shared a news article related to Jayasuriya and wrote, "This news is so shocking & sad..."
He too was reminded that it was fake news doing the rounds.
This is a fake news Arshad Sir— Anil Chauhan (@mickymikesh) May 27, 2019
Fake news Arshad.— ρяαтιм ∂. gυρтα (@PratimDGupta) May 27, 2019
A fake news report stated that Jayasuriya died in an accident while he was on a visit to Canada recently.
"A man was hit by a Honda Civic car who died in the hospital and he has been identified as Sanath Jayasuriya," the report stated. "He was severely injured when taken to the hospital and while being treated he passed away the next morning."
It even said that the report was confirmed by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Canada, and mentioned that the embassy was aware of Jayasuriya's visit to Toronto.
However, Jayasuriya rubbished the report, saying he did not visit Canada recently and is in fine fettle in Sri Lanka.
"Please disregard fake news by malicious websites regarding my health and well being. I am in Sri Lanka and have not visited Canada recently. Please avoid sharing fake news."
Please disregard fake news by malicious websites regarding my health and well being. I am in Srilanka and have not visited Canada recently.Please avoid sharing fake news.— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) May 21, 2019
(With IANS inputs)