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Robert Redford is alive and well, his publicist said on Thursday, calling reports on Twitter that the “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” actor had died “a sick hoax.”

Twitter briefly erupted with R.I.P. tributes after a tweet purporting to come from Britain’s Sky News said the 79-year-old actor had died after falling off a golf buggy in the Southern California beach city of Santa Monica.

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