Gene Hackman Is 'Alive and Well,' Says Rep

This comes after rumors the actor had died.

January 28, 2015, 3:04 PM
PHOTO: Gene Hackman at the Wyndham Hotel in New Orleans.
Gene Hackman at the Wyndham Hotel in New Orleans.
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— -- After a Grantland article ran Tuesday with the headline "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge," there was concern that the 84-year-old had died.

If you are confused about the age in the title and his real age, Hackman turns 85 on Friday.

The title has since changed from "Gone" to "Retired," but not before several tweets went out with "RIP" and "condolences" for the acting legend's family.

If that wasn't enough, a Facebook page with "RIP Gene Hackman" also went up that claimed he died on Monday.

It read, "He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page," according to ET Canada.

People were confused, but have since been relieved to find out the actor's fine. Today, Hackman's rep told ABC News that the "Hoosiers" star is "alive and well."

Other actors like Dylan McDermott were not all that happy that people took the headline and ran with it. He had originally tweeted "Rest in Peace" about the icon, then took it down when he found out it was all just a hoax.

It goes without saying, great news that Hackman is fine and can enjoy some birthday cake this weekend.

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