Rumors are circulating on the internet that acting legend James Earl Jones has died. His death was reportedly announced on radio station Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, but nothing on their website would seem to substantiate the rumor.
The only news regarding Jones in the last few days has been much more upbeat: he has been selected by the Screen Actors Guild as the latest recipient of its Life Achievement Award for his thespian and humanitarian accomplishments.
This isn’t the first time there’s been a rumor circulating about Jones’ demise: in 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates announcer Lanny Frattare mistakenly told listeners that James Earl Jones had passed away when, in fact, it was Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray who had died.
Must be unsettling for Jones’ family and loved ones, especially wife Cecilia and son Flynn.
No official statement has come from Jones indicating that he’s still alive, but I imagine when it does it will be in a deep, booming voice and sound like Darth Vadar.