A hoax website almost managed to pull off the coup of the year.
A news site called YahooNews-Us circulated a rumor Michael J. Fox was dead, but he is alive and well.
What happened here is nothing more than hackers looking to take over information.
Sites like this are regularly created in order to install malware into people’s computers.
They simulate real news sites, in this case Yahoo, in an effort to create credibility with readers.
Then, they create some clickbait news to get as many hits as possible before anyone catches on to them.
Alive and Well
While the rumors started to run wild on Sunday, rest assured, Michael J. Fox is alive and well.
It’s true he has not been very active on Twitter lately, something the story used to make its case, but he has been posting on Instagram.
Fox has been acting since the early ‘70s, and his big break happened in 1982 when he landed the role of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.
With the show’s popularity, Fox became a hot commodity.
In 1985, he landed the role of Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” which created one of the most successful film franchises of its time.
His career was on an unbelievable roll when in 1991, at the very young age of 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Fox was able to keep it quiet but as his symptoms worsened, he was forced to go public with his condition in 1998.
At this point, his symptoms were so bad, he was forced into semi-retirement.
Since then, he has become an advocate for finding a cure for Parkinson’s, including founding the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
He still makes an occasional appearance on TV, most recently in “Designated Survivor” in the recurring role of hard-nosed attorney Ethan West.
Fox has also done a significant amount of voiceovers, including “A.R.C.H.I.E.” and “Stuart Little.”