You can read McCarthy's disappointed response, as well as TV presenter Gershawn Coetzee's Tweet and how SA soccer fans reacted to the posts.
Even his former club Blackburn Rovers chipped in lately, and the striker recently posted a photograph of a restaurant meal that he very much enjoyed.
So, all's good with the McCarthy and Bafana Bafana family, apart from feeling 'disgusted' with the false rumours. Benni didn't mince his words either.
I'm very much alive my man,thanks for your concern.Don't pay attention to these bullshit and fake news that I'm dead. Evil mother_u_k_e_r_— Benni McCarthy (@bennimccarthy17) May 31, 2017
Well said bud,i honestly don't know what people stand to gain by spreading such awful,disturbing news.Im absolutely disgusted at the news— Benni McCarthy (@bennimccarthy17) May 31, 2017