Report of Judd Nelson's Death Is a Hoax

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Via, Oct. 26, 2014:

BREAKING: Brat Pack Judd Nelson Found Dead in Los Angeles Condo
Netlore Archive: Viral "news story" claims 19802 "Brat Pack" actor Judd Nelson was found dead in his Los Angeles condo at the age of 55. Screen shot of

Description: Fake news / Hoax
Circulating since: Oct. 2014
Status: False (see details below)

As published on, Oct. 26, 2014:

BREAKING: "Brat Pack" Judd Nelson Found Dead in Los Angeles Condo

Last Updated: 10/26/2014 @ 01:36 AM EST

BREAKING NEWS: Sources are reporting that Judd Nelson, best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, has been found dead at age 55.

Multiple unconfirmed reports say Nelson was found dead Saturday evening in his Los Angeles condo, Sierra Towers after police responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man around 9:25 p.m.

Although police have not yet released the man's identity, multiple occupants of the 31-story West Hollywood high-rise have confirmed that it was Nelson's condo police responded to and a single body was carried out of the apartment on a stretcher.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will determine the cause of death as investigators try to rule out foul play.

Nelson began acting in the mid-1980s, starring in many films but it was his roles in John Hughes's The Breakfast Club and Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire that made Nelson a star. A subsequent article in New York magazine, which focused primarily on the success of these films, resulted in the term "Brat Pack" being coined.

In 1986 Nelson provided the voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie and was signed on to voice Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime again in the live action movie Transformers 5.

Additional details and information will be updated as it becomes available. This story is still developing.

Analysis: Judd Nelson is alive and well according to his Hollywood agent Gregg Klein, who not only denied Internet reports of the actor's death on October 26, 2014 but provided a photo of Nelson holding a copy of that day's edition of the Los Angeles Times as proof.

A fake news story (see screen shot above) claiming Nelson was found dead of unknown causes in his L.A. condo was published on the website, which has no discernible connection to the Fox News channel or, and no other content aside from this hoax. According to the site's WHOIS record, the domain name is registered to a Uvalde, Texas resident named Fred Post. (Update: that domain name is now for sale.)

Sources and further reading:

Judd Nelson Isn't Dead; Report Is a Hoax
Los Angeles Times, 26 October 2014

Last updated 11/08/14