The tweet, which quoted the wrong age for Atkinson read: "FOX BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after auto accident".
It has since been shared and liked more than 300,000 times.
Rowan Atkinson had apparently all but retired the character of Mr Bean - and yet it turns out he's filmed a special cameo in a new Chinese comedy. A fake Twitter account, set up to look like Fox News' handle, claimed that Mr Atkinson had died in a auto crash, reported The Sun. The false news spread out like fire on social media, trending on twitter etc.
It added: "The first one is the video player embedded on the site". The immensely talented actor seems to be online mischief's hot favourite as the search engine is flooded with "Rowan Atkinson Dead" queries.
Atkinson, 62, revived the bumbling loner character following his quick divorce from wife Sunetra, after he left her for a comedy actress almost half his age.
Another wrote: "I can't believe anyone would make up a hoax story that Rowan Atkinson has died".
It's not the first time a celebrity has been the subject of a viral death hoax. In July 2016 it was falsely reported that he has taken his own life after "battling severe depression".
We as a whole know Mr. Bean is somewhat, well, on the odd side of things - yet would he be able to really pull off being a fear monger?
The entertainment icon was a victim of a similar death hoax previous year when claims he had committed suicide swept the web.
In the film, Top Funny Comedian, a spin-off of a popular Chinese variety show of the same name, Mr Bean, who is known as Mr Foolish Bean in Asia, has one of the leading roles.
Mr Bean is a standout amongst the most adored, clumsy, senseless, amusing characters in all of TV and silver screen.