RAPPER Quando Rondo has debunked baseless rumors that he had died after claims emerged that he was fighting for his life in hospital.
An image of the Georgia star, 23, which contained the message “Pray for me", went viral online sparking concern among fans.
The post looked like a story from his Instagram account, prompting Twitter users to claim that he had died.
Rondo, whose real name is Tyquian Terrel Bowman, debunked the rumors on July 27 as he branded the claims “fake as hell”, XXL Mag reported.
Addressing the speculation while on a plane, he said: “I don’t even type like that.”
The rapper has since shared footage where he’s standing on board a subway train.
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In recent days, Rondo has uploaded videos of himself flaunting expensive jewelry on his Instagram channel.
The hip-hop musician is currently signed to Atlantic Records and Never Broke Again – the record label of NBA YoungBoy.
He coined his stage name as a play on Rajon Rondo, the NBA player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The star said his peers often refer to him by his nickname "Quando” due to him being a fan of the basketballer.
In January 2018, he released his first single, I Remember, which featured Atlanta hitmaker, Lil Baby.
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And, his first mixtape Life B4 Fame was made available online in April 2018.
Rondo told HotNewHipHop that he learned to rap better while practicing in front of inmates in juvenile detention.
He said: "I been rapping since I was a kid, but that was my first time expressing my music to other individuals.
"I know this for money, so I'm about to rap about whatever somebody feels."
He added: "Whenever I rap about how I feel, it don't get noticed."
In January 2020, Rondo distributed his debut studio album, QPac and it featured guest appearances from the rappers Lil Durk, and Polo G.
Dozens of celebrities have been the victim of cruel death hoaxes.
Sick rumors claiming Back to the Future Star Michael J Fox had died swept the internet earlier this week.
It led to an angry backlash with social media users quick to point out he had not died.
One said: “Michael J Fox is not dead, despite what a death hoax tried to make fans believe – I’m glad he is alive.”
Another said: “Michael J Fox is not dead. People are trying to fool us.”
Others expressed their anger more forcefully with one writing: “Michael J Fox is not dead and f*** you to whoever started this b*******.’
In 2018 reports claimed that the actor died from pneumonia – days after he checked into hospital having suffered complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
But the false report was posted on a site that was designed to trick readers they were reading a Yahoo! News article.
He did not respond or comment on the death hoax at the time.
Fox is most famous for appearing in the Back To The Future trilogy and his campaigning work to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
He became a household name playing time-traveling teen Marty McFly in Back To The Future in 1985, releasing two more installments in the series over the following five years.
He was diagnosed with the onset of Parkinson's – a long-term degenerative disorder of the nervous system – in 1991 aged 29 but kept his condition secret for seven years.
The actor went public with his illness in 1998 and quit the show in 2000, throwing himself into being a campaigner and activist for Parkinson's research.
Rumors went viral in 2018 claiming that the rapper Lil Uzi Vert was killed in a shootout.
Claims began to swirl after a Twitter user posted that the musician had passed away.
But no sources were cited and the claim was false.
In 2011, it was mistakenly reported that Hollywood star and former Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had fallen off a mountain in New Zealand and died.
He slammed the trolls online, saying: “I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death — to show them how a dead foot feels up their a**.”
And, it was claimed that music star Jon Bon Jovi had died of a cardiac arrest in 2011.
He saw the funny side to the hoax as he posted a photograph of a sign, which read: "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey (where he lives)".
Pranksters created a Facebook page called ‘RIP Morgan Freeman’ in 2012.
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He put an end to the speculation in a Facebook post that said: "Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true…
“But if they are, I'm happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive. I did go to Las Vegas to begin work on the film 'Last Vegas.' That is anything but a death sentence. – Morgan.”
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