In his video retort, Armstrong held up a phone displaying the article and shook his head as the camera zoomed in on the fake news story.
“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Armstrong captioned the video he posted to Instagram, referencing a similar quote made by Mark Twain in the late 1800s when a newspaper apparently mistakenly misreported the writer died when it was actually Twain’s cousin.
Armstrong didn’t make any further comment on the story, but there is no evidence Armstrong is fighting any form of cancer. He famously overcame testicular cancer after being diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease in 1996. After undergoing very aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery, Armstrong made a full recovery.
He would go on to win seven Tour de France titles, which would eventually be stripped after a 2012 investigation conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency discovered he had been violating the rules for years. Armstrong later admitted to the allegations in tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, and was banned from professional cycling for life.
Armstrong, who alienated much of the cycling community by not only denying his doping for years, but also attempting to defame anyone who accused him, still managed to keep some friends from that era. One of them is Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal team general manager, who replied to Armstrong’s Instagram post on Friday with some humor of his own.
“I had the unique experience to talk with a dead person this morning,” he wrote. “I was relieved to hear your voice though.”