William Shatner Rails at Facebook After Being Told That He’s Dead

And the day before the “Star Trek” icon’s birthday, no less

Last Updated: March 21, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

William Shatner sure has a lot to say for a guy who, by one account anyway, is no longer living.

“Star Trek” icon Shatner went off on Facebook on Wednesday, after a keen-eyed fan informed the actor that he’s been reported deceased.

The bad news was broken to the “Boston Legal” alum by a Twitter user who included a screenshot of a purported ad from Avocet Retail Sales that bore a picture of Shatner and read, in part, “Fans will always hold a special place for ‘Captain Kirk,’ after William was found…'”

The screenshot read, “Beloved Sci-Fi Actor Found D…” and, “LEARN MORE.”

“@WilliamShatner I thought you might want to know you’re dead,” the tweet read.

As it turns out, Shatner was very much interested in learning more, so he fired off a tweet to Facebook.

“Hey @facebook isn’t this your messenger app? What’s up with you allowing this Acocet Retail Sales ad to pass your muster? Thought you were doing something about this?” Shatner wrote.

A Facebook employee later responded with the assurance that the ad and the page had been removed from Facebook. Still, news of Shatner’s demise couldn’t come at a worse time for the actor, as he is expected to turn 87 on Thursday.

It also couldn’t come at a worse time for Facebook, which has been reeling recently over news that 50 million Facebook users unknowingly had their information lifted by data firm Cambridge Analytica.

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a lengthy statement reading in part, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”