Beloved Western Icon Dead at 78? Inside the Viral Sam Elliott Death Hoax Terrifying Fans

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Reports are circulating on Facebook that Sam Elliott has died at age 78.

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The reports provide no credible details about how or when he died.

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There was a man named Sam Elliott who died recently, but he was 75, not 78 like the actor.

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This appears to be another celebrity death hoax intended to gain followers on social media.

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Other recent celebrity death hoaxes include Larry the Cable Guy, Abby Lee Miller, Simon Cowell, and Celine Dion.

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Sam Elliott is alive and well, with upcoming acting credits scheduled through 2025.

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Elliott's age of 78 made it relatively easy for some fans to believe the death hoax.

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The actor is still actively working, with credits this year and more in post-production.

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Fans are relieved the 1883 star is alive, though concerned about recurring death hoaxes.

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It's unclear why so many celebrity death hoaxes are circulating on social media lately.

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