Peter Kay has been the victim of another death hoax, as RIP Peter Kay trended on Twitter.
The comedian – who recently announced a Phoenix Nights anniversary screenings – previously found himself at the centre of similar rumours last year, with footballer Peter Reid among those wrongly sharing the news.
And, a year after the last cruel hoax took place, ‘RIP Peter Kay’ was among the trending topics on the social media platform once again.
Fans were left furious, quickly flooding the hashtag with messages begging people to stop creating upsetting rumours about the 46-year-old’s health.
‘Not this s**t again. Stop creating rumours without evidence #RIPPETERKAY,’ a follower fumed.
While a Twitter user joked: ‘Again? That’s the 3rd time this year #RIPPETERKAY.’
Another suggested: ‘I think @Twitter needs to take care of these false trends better #rippeterkay.’
‘SICKO IDIOTS. Peter Kay is not dead. YOU ARE JUST NASTY PIECES OF CRAP TO POST SUCH LIES,’ one posted.
‘Think of the man’s family and friends as well. #rippeterkay.’
The funnyman has been taking a break from the spotlight recently, after cancelling his tour at the end of 2017 over ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.
But Peter returned briefly to promote the screenings of his beloved TV series, Phoenix Nights – in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The much-loved sitcom – which also starred Dave Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice – was originally aired on Channel 4 between 2001 and 2002.
And it will now be screened in both London, Blackpool and Manchester next year for charity.
Taking to Twitter, he shared: ‘It’s almost 19yrs since the Phoenix Club first opened its doors.
‘To celebrate that very special anniversary, both series of #PhoenixNights will be shown on the big screen for the first time in aid of @CR_UK.’
‘Why not come on down to the Phoenix Club one last time to see Brian Potter, Jerry “the saint” St Clair, Les Alanos, Max & Paddy and all the gang.
‘In fact, why not go a step further and dress up as one of your favourite characters.’
Count. Us. In.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Peter’s reps for a comment.
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