Refrigerator Perry, the former Chicago Bears defensive lineman, is alive and kicking according to his Twitter account. Earlier this week, the death of a different William Perry sent rumors flying across the web that the NFL legend had died.
“I guess someone called Michael Dean (Perry's brother) and said that someone found out that someone named William Perry died, but it wasn’t the Fridge. Someone from Clemson called us as well and said they had been getting a lot of calls and stuff," Perry's agent, Adam Plotkin, said."He is completely fine."
When word got around to Perry that he'd passed away, he took to social media to let everyone know he's still around.
"I heard the rumors that I passed away online #SMH. Just wanted to let everyone (know) that they are not true and Im doing fine. Thanks guys!" he wrote.
Though Perry was a seemingly indestructible force during his golden days on the field, his health has declined in recent years due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the peripheral nervous system. The football star was confined to a wheelchair for several months four years ago after a brief hospitalization. Fortunately, it takes a lot more than that to slow him down.
The internets say William "Refrigerator" Perry died. I'm sorry, it's way too soon to be losing all these '85 Bears http://t.co/IWu5U48ixc
— Amy Simons (@amysimons) August 14, 2013
RIP William "Refrigerator" Perry. You made my childhood even more awesome. And you also ruled in Tecmo Bowl. Thank you.
— Brand Winnie (@brandwinn) August 14, 2013
William "The Refrigerator" Perry has reportedly passed away. One of my all time favorites. #RIPFridge
— Sam Franco (@samjfranco) August 14, 2013
Sad to hear of the passing of Refrigerator Perry. Here's the single he cut with Walter Payton in 1986. http://t.co/GNGaAeMJan
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) August 14, 2013
— Miguello (@mizzillion) August 14, 2013
Folks, William "Refrigerator" Perry is NOT dead. Ugh. Stop it!! http://t.co/genxWakWQR
— Michael Collins (@GaSportsCraze) August 14, 2013