New York -- William Shatner took matters into his own hands when he learned about his alleged "death": he got one of the most powerful tech companies in the world to take notice and make a change. Shatner was alerted to his alleged death by a fan on Twitter, who tagged the icon with the caption, "@WilliamShatner I thought you might want to know he you're dead." The post included a picture from some sponsored advertisement on Facebook that said the "beloved Sci-Fi actor [was] found" dead. The timing of the fake news is curious given Shatner turns 87, 88, or 89 today (depending on which news source you believe). The Newsletter regrets that it took this long to research and print the correction of Shatner's life status. The hoax was elaborate.