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Frank Bruno forced to deny claims he has passed away aged 60 and shocked after reports of his ‘death’ were published

BOXING legend Frank Bruno was forced to take to social media on Saturday to reassure everyone he was not dead.

The former world heavyweight champion said he was shocked by an online report that he had passed away.

Frank Bruno took to Twitter on Saturday morning to deny reports that he had passed away

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Frank Bruno took to Twitter on Saturday morning to deny reports that he had passed awayCredit: Twitter
An article was published on December 2 stating that the British icon has passed away at the age of 60

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An article was published on December 2 stating that the British icon has passed away at the age of 60Credit: News Group Newspaper Ltd

The fake report has led to several calls to the 60-year-old’s manager, who will appear in Sheffield on Saturday night for an event with fans.

To the relief of Frank’s supporters, he took to social media to reassure them that he was safe and well.

In a Twitter post shared Saturday morning, he said: “Morning, I was surprised to see this yesterday indicating I’m dead!”

Then he said, “Chill. I am alive and well and writing my Christmas cards and working tonight and looking forward to seeing my fans in Sheffield. ”

Last month Bruno told The Sun how he celebrated his 60th birthday.

In it, he revealed he considers Tyson Fury the most inspirational sports star on the planet.

How did he say? Gypsy King is now following in his own legendary footsteps – both on and off the field.

In an exclusive interview marking his 60th birthday, Frank said Fury has become Britain’s best heavyweight boxer, but deserves even more because his work has raised awareness of the sport. mental health in troubled youth.

And Frank has said his friendship with the Gypsy King even helped him win his own battle with mental health issues after years of trying to overcome his demons.

Frank told The Sun: “I’ve seen a lot in my 60+ years but seeing how Tyson turns his life around is likely going to be leading a lot.

“No one has done more over the past few years to raise awareness about mental health issues than Tyson.

“He’s the most inspirational sports star on the planet in my book.

“We’ve both had tough days but it made us great friends and now I’m watching with my own eyes Tyson truly on a mission to help others like like, in and out of the ring.

“Tyson has told me he even wants to try and find a cure for mental health problems someday so other people don’t have to go through what we have.

‘I HAVE BEEN BACK FOR THE THIRD TIME’

“And I want him to do that. I trust Tyson more than most politicians around today. “

In 1995, a year before he left the ring, Bruno defeated Oliver McCall at Wembley to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship, which is still regarded as one of the greatest moments in British sport.

In addition to a stellar career that saw him win 40 of his 45 matches, he has also become a national treasure for his career on stage and screen.

A poll in 1996, the year he retired, ranked him as the second most popular British person, behind Princess Diana.

But five years after his retirement, Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his life was turned upside down.

NS illness since seeing him cut – incarcerated in an inpatient psychiatric hospital – four times, most recently last summer.

He is now planning to open a chain of mental health centers to help people who have been through similar difficulties.

‘HARDEST 12 MONTHS OF MY LIFE’

“The past 12 months have been probably the hardest of my life,” says Frank.

“Last summer, I couldn’t put my hand over my heart and say I was leaving the hospital to celebrate my birthday.

“I thought I had everything under control but Covid and the lockdown just pulled the rug out from under my feet.

“I was struggling to cope with being locked out and losing friends from Covid. I had to reset and get better. And I did.

“But if getting my freedom back and turning 60 has shown me anything, it’s that there’s still a lot to fight for.

“I still have a lot of things that I still want to do. But now it’s not about belts or titles. It’s about supporting others.”

Bruno has just launched his new book 60 Years A Fighter – about his remarkable life.

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