Multiple media outlets erroneously report that B-movie starlet Julie Strain has passed away

On Monday, Malibu Bay Films announced that 57 year-old model/actress Julie Strain had passed away. The story was picked up by several media outlets, most notably The Hollywood Reporter (we first saw the news from Dynamite Comics).

But hold the tissues, because she isn’t dead.

Malibu Bay Films later retracted their announcement after the company’s owner confirmed with Strain’s family that she had not passed away. Here’s the retraction posted by Malibu Bay Films:

“The information we received from a trusted source of the community on the status of [Malibu Bay Films] icon #julie strain was found to be FALSE!” the film company posted on Instagram. “We deeply apologize for needlessly upsetting anyone as well as ourselves! We have asked THR for a retraction as well. Thank you and God Bless Julie & family.”

Strain was a Penthouse Pet in 1993 and has starred in over 100 movies, including Naked Gun 33 1/3, Vampire Child, and Lethal Seduction. Strain has also been active in the comic con circles and other genre entertainment scenes, having voiced a character in the Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2 video game and modeling for various comics including Vampirella for Harris Comics and Heavy Metal magazine. Strain was even married to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman while he was the Heavy Metal magazine editor).

Strain has been suffering with early-onset dementia caused by a horse-riding accident when she was in her 20s. Her current condition is not known at this time.

This is yet another lesson to check your sources. We at The Splintering started a post regarding the original story, but we’re glad that we sat on it. Always take what you read on the Internet with a grain of salt, I suppose.

All the best to Strain and her loved ones.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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