Actor Morgan Freeman has poked fun at persistent online rumours suggesting he has died, assuring fans he is alive and well.

The Shawshank Redemption star was targeted in a sick death hoax over the weekend (20-21Oct12) as "RIP Morgan Freeman" quickly became a trending topic on

It was the latest in a string of false death reports aimed at the actor, but Freeman saw the funny side and took to his page to set the record straight.

He writes, "Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true... But if they are, I'm happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive.

"I did go to Las Vegas to begin work on the film Last Vegas. That is anything but a death sentence - Morgan."

Freeman also posted a photo of himself smiling to prove he is alive and well.