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Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
MTV laughs off Jackass death hoax
Knoxville hoax
Knoxville has courted controversy
MTV has dismissed a hoax obituary for presenter Johnny Knoxville posted on a website faked to look like the official site for the channel.

The hoax claimed Knoxville had died in a parachute accident when his reserve parachute failed to open.

He is the host of Jackass, a dangerous stunt comedy programme which is also shown on Channel 4, and has injured himself several times in the past during recording.

MTV said Knoxville was alive and well.

Johnny Knoxville
Johnny Knoxville is "alive and well"
The hoax read: "He was being filmed parachuting from a bi-plane whilst eating a catering sized tub of Heinz baked beans, when his parachute failed to open.

"Tragically the backup chute also failed, and Knoxville plummeted to his death."

The hoax also claimed a cameraman from the show had been killed during recent filming.

An MTV spokesman admitted the hoax was not the first.

"It is all a rumour. He is alive and well, fine and dandy.

Extreme danger

"It is always happening. It has been other people but Johnny is a favourite for hoaxers."

The show - which sees the stars perform extremely dangerous stunts - has consistently courted controversy.

A 13-year-old in Boston in the US was burned last year after setting himself on fire in an attempt to repeat a stunt from the show.

In January this year, a 14-year-old in Devon suffered serious burns while trying to produce a video to send to the show of the stunt.

And a segment imitating the egg-eating competition from the movie Cool Hand Luke was condemned by nutritionists in the UK.

See also:

08 Jan 02 | England
Boy burned in video stunt
30 Mar 01 | Health
Warnings over egg-eating stunt
30 Jan 01 | Entertainment
Teenager burned in 'copycat' MTV stunt
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