Wednesday 18 July 2018

Mark Hamill assures fans he's still alive with bizarre tweet after death hoax

English actress Daisy Ridley (L) and US actor Mark Hamil pose on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
English actress Daisy Ridley (L) and US actor Mark Hamil pose on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill have helped Ireland’s tourism with their tales of a galaxy far, far away. Photo: Hannah McKay
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley with Mark Hamill (Ian West/PA)
(L-R) Director Rian Johnson, actors Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley attend the press conference for the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi at InterContinental Los Angeles on December 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney )
Dingle all the way: Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, said he was blown away by the spectacular beauty of the Dingle peninsula while filming in Kerry for the new ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ movie, is pictured at last week’s European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo: PA Wire
Screengrab: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Video: Tourism Ireland

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Mark Hamill reassured fans he is alive and well after a fake news story claiming he had died circulated on social media.

Star Wars legend Mark told his 2.5 million followers on Twitter on Saturday that he was not dead, however his attempt to inject some humour into the morbid report backfired, as he nearly convinced his fans he had in fact passed away.

Mocking a dramatic newspaper headline, he wrote: "HAMILL DIES: Much of Nation Mourns GOP: Meh#DontRushMe," alongside a black and white photo of himself with his birth year and apparent death year.

Hamill has been an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party (GOP).

Those who only looked at the picture went into a panic, and numerous users replied to the post telling Hamill he scared them.

"DAMN IT Mark Hamill, I almost had a heart attack!!!!!!" wrote one, while another follower posted: "I legit c**pped my pants for a second there. Don’t do that man we love you!"

Hamill, 66, recently reprised his much-loved role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and even teased his fans on Saturday with the news that he may be returning for the third instalment of the rebooted movie saga, despite seemingly dying at the end of the Rian Johnson-directed movie.

When told by a fan that he hoped Luke would appear in J.J. Abrams as yet untitled Star Wars: Episode 9 movie, due for release in 2019, Hamill simply replied: "”See you around, kid."- Luke."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi European Premiere – London
Star Wars: The Last Jedi European Premiere – London

Colin Trevorrow was set to direct the upcoming film, but crashed out of the project in September, and was replaced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer Abrams.

Screengrab: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Video: Tourism Ireland
Screengrab: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Video: Tourism Ireland

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