Joe Rogan, best known for his controversial podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, has been the subject of a widespread death prank on Twitter.
The 54-year-old podcaster began trending on Wednesday morning after multiple sources began circulating tweets containing false information that he had died, according to PKBNEWS.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of Joe Rogan,” read a fake tweet from @joerogannhq. “He passed away peacefully at his home this afternoon, we will provide more details as they arrive, respecting his family’s wishes.”
The death hoax even contained false claims by Dana Whitethe president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), with a screenshot of a fake tweet saying they were mourning Rogan’s family.
“The entire UFC family is devastated to learn of the passing of Joe Rogan,” read the fake tweet. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and we will ensure that his legacy continues. – Dana White”
The fabricated tweet has since been deleted but a screenshot remains online.
Other pranksters said they had a statement from Rogan’s family.
This isn’t the first time people have falsely claimed the podcaster’s death, according to Mel Magazine, which has documented the many pranks over the years.
Joe Rogan, who has come under fire for his recent inflammatory comments, apparently responded to his presumed death by retweeting one of the posts and saying, “I’m pregnant.” Early in the day, he was tweeting promotional images for a stand-up show in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, Rogan angered activist groups when he said transgender swimmer Lia Thomas competing with cisgender women amounted to an “assault on women’s sport,” according to TMZ. He also said it was “the waking straw that broke the camel’s back of society”.
Last week, Rogan threatened to quit the podcast if he were to “walk on eggshells” after his show angered several listeners.