On Tuesday night, April 5, news of the death of Austin resident, podcast host and alleged comedy club owner, Joe Rogan. But once again it turns out all that was just fabricated rumour holding no trace of truth.
A Twitter account that goes by @joerogannhq at the time of the post, now renamed to @ChillStableGuy, was responsible for posting the hoax about Rogan’s death. The post’s thread presented other fake posts from Rogan’s friends and family, including a fake message from the UFC President Dana White.
It reads, “The entire UFC family is devastated to hear of Joe Rogan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones, and we will make sure to continue his legacy. – Dana White.”
However, Newsweek has confirmed that Rogan is, in fact, full of life, while also pointing out that this wouldn’t be the first time a Joe Rogan death hoax would be making waves online. According to Know Your Meme, the hashtag #RIPJoeRogan has been in use on Twitter and also in UFC post-fight live chats for over a decade.
“The first hoax appeared online around 2010, but they have continued popping up over the years, with another in 2020,” the website reads. In response, Rogan reacted to the most recent death hoax on Tuesday, tweeting: “I’m pregnant.”