Rishi jumps to rescue of uncle Shashi Kapoor 'killed off' by the Internet

Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor becomes latest victim of celebrity death hoax. Nephew Rishi Kapoor takes to Twitter to dispel all rumours of his uncle's death, says he's doing fine

The rise of social media platforms has also seen a rise in internet death hoaxes of celebrities with the hashtag #RIP (add celeb name) spreading like quickfire without any verification. Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor is the latest victim of the celebrity death hoax.

Rumours of the legend's death started out on WhatsApp and spread on to other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The rumours going viral forced his nephew Rishi Kapoor to take to Twitter to dispel them. He tweeted, "Uncle Shashi Kapoor is doing fine. Hope this ends all the speculation about him. Some rumour mongering is happening."

This isn't the first time that Twitter has 'killed' the ailing Shashi Kapoor.

Shashi Kapoor, who turned 78 on March 18, is famous for leading roles in blockbuster films like Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Namak Halaal and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award in 2011 and won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award last year. Apart from three National Awards, he has been bestowed with many other honours. In the past, several other Bollywood celebrities like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana have been 'killed' by the Internet.

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