Rumors swirled on Friday that popular TikTok “Hoodfisherman” Rasheen Bailey was fatally shot and his body was dumped off a boat.

Rumors swept TikTok, Instagram and X/Twitter on Friday. Some reports claimed Bailey was shot during an argument and his body was pulled from the bay in Fort Myers, Florida.

However, a friend notified Bailey’s Instagram followers that he is alive.

Bailey went viral last year after he caught a large shark with his bare hands. He often fishes with his bare hands while wearing flip flops on his feet.

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Bailey teaches his followers how to catch largemouth bass and blue crabs using just string, a net, and a variety of bait including raw chicken.

Bailey posts fishing videos on TikTik, Instagram and YouTube. He has nearly 1 million followers across all platforms.

“Becoming a professional fisherman involves dedication, hard work, and perseverance. You may need to hone your fishing skills, participate in competitions, and build a reputation in the fishing community. Along the way, you can share your knowledge and experiences with others to help them develop a love for fishing,” Bailey says via his company’s website.

Fans took to TikTok to pray for his recovery after hearing the news.

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@hoodfishingus I don’t need a net for crabs i rather catch them the old fashion way. All you need is some string a piece of chicken and a Net ??? #hoodfishing #fishing ? original sound – Hoodfishing Entertainment