Wayne Knight – who played Newman in Seinfeld – has shot down a rumor circulating that he had died in a car crash.
The actor was a victim of a death hoax started by a TMZ-impersonating site called TMZ.Today, who claimed on Sunday that Wright and ‘two other passengers [were] critically injured after their vehicle slammed into a disabled semi-tractor-trailer late Saturday night along Route 446 near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township.’
‘McKean County Coroner Jeff Levin said Knight died of blunt force trauma at the scene. Also injured in the crash were two of Knight’s passengers, Christopher Davidson, 33, and an unidentified male, both of New York state. Police say the unidentified male was ejected from the back seat of the sedan,’ the bogus site claimed. ‘Knight lost control of his 2013 Mercedes s550, slamming into the rear of a disabled 5-axle tractor trailer. The sedan sustained considerable damage.’
But shortly after the false story started gaining national attention, Knight took to Twitter to announce that he’s still very much alive.
‘Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!’ he tweeted, wondering, ‘Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!’
‘Regrets to my friends and family who were shocked this morning and the family of the woman who actually died in my ‘supposed’ accident,’ he added.