England star Haskell assures world: 'I am not dead'

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James Haskell has assured the world he is not dead, amid a spate of erroneous posts on social media suggesting the England and Harlequins flanker had passed away.

Haskell has been out of action since having surgery on a foot injury following England's series whitewash of Australia.

But the 31-year-old took time out from his recovery to post a video on YouTube and his Twitter account to quash talk he had died of a steroid overdose.

He said in the video: "You may have seen there are quite a lot of fake news stories operating on Facebook, that I have died of a steroid overdose, which is not true, that I have died of a drug overdose, which is not true, and that my career is over because I have been trying to sell drugs.

"Also something about that I had to quit rugby and left everyone in my family and moved away. Just to make it clear, this is absolute rubbish, this is something called click-bait.

"I'm pretty humbled actually because they used [NFL stars] Tom Brady and J.J. Watt and they've bunged my name in the mix as if that's going to sell your dodgy supplements.

"Rest assured, I'm not dead, I'm not disgraced and for those of you who are sceptical, we get drugs-tested all the time.

"I'm not dead and for those of you who wish I was dead, better luck next time."