"The sick rumor was started on Twitter late Sunday until a “R.I.P. Bill Nye The Science Guy” topic began trending, which in turn spawned thousands of messages mourning his supposed death. It is 100% false. Nye is NOT dead," wrote the Gossip Cop.
In the video, Nye, a mechanical engineer, speaks out against people who believe in creationism -- insisting instead that evolution is a "fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology:"
Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological -- I mean, you could say Japan -- but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in [evolution], it holds everybody back, really.
Nye went on to say that the denial of evolution can be harmful to young people and urged adults who believe in creationism to allow their children to be open to the exploration of other ideas:
I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can -- we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.
According to CNN, data collected by the Gallup Poll throughout the past three decades show that a majority of Americans do not believe in atheistic evolution:
In June [the Gallup Poll] released its latest findings, which showed 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution. During the 30 years Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained far and away the most popular answer, with 40% to 47% of Americans surveyed saying they believed that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years.
After the video (which has since racked up more than a million views) was uploaded on Thursday, rumors began spreading about Nye's death.
Throughout the course of the next few hours, many fans of the famed "Science Guy" took to the social media platform to express their shock:
Damn RIP Bill Nye the science guy that's crazy thanks for making science fun
— Mark Rodriguez (@marker50) August 27, 2012
bill nye the science guy died?! my childhood is over. RIP
— BlazednConfused (@blazednconfus3d) August 27, 2012
Bill Nye the science guy died?! 💔 RIP and thank you for teaching us more than any of our teachers ever have 👍
— Emma Reed (@EmmaReed14) August 27, 2012
According to the International Business Times, this is the third time that Nye has been declared dead by Twitter.
The Science Guy has yet to comment on the latest death hoax.