LYNN ELBER and DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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PA­TRICK Dempsey has a mes­sage for cast­ing di­rec­tors who have stopped of­fer­ing him work in tele­vi­sion and film pro­duc­tions — he’s not dead.

Dempsey, the star of Grey’s Anatomy, has had a jab at ru­mours sug­gest­ing he had died in a car ac­ci­dent.

Dempsey, 46, an avid car racer, be­came the lat­est celebrity to be killed off in a sick on­line hoax when ‘‘ R.I.P. Pa­trick Dempsey’’ be­came a trend­ing topic on so­cial net­work­ing site Twit­ter.

The ac­tor re­sponded to the sick joke by writ­ing, ‘‘ Hi, I am back from the dead!"

Per­haps the ru­mours were prompted by Dempsey’s re­cent cam­paign to pro­mote his pas­sion for mo­tor sport.

He is pro­duc­ing a new doc­u­men­tary se­ries, Road to Le Mans, a four-parter about his com­pe­ti­tion in the ven­er­a­ble French race.

Dempsey, who has a pro­fes­sional auto rac­ing team based in Ge­or­gia, will be both owner and driver at the 24-hour en­durance race in June.

Road to Le Mans, set to air in mid-2013, will ex­plore his team’s prepa­ra­tion for the event, in­clud­ing spon­sor ac­qui­si­tion, train­ing and time tri­als, and the race it­self.

Dempsey and his Mazda rac­ing team have gained in­creas­ing cred­i­bil­ity. Even with com­mit­ments to his day job that limit his abil­ity to com­pete, Dempsey’s posted top 10 fin­ishes, in­clud­ing a ca­reerbest third last year with his teammates at the Rolex 24 in Day­tona Beach, Florida.

His love of the sport is based on el­e­ments in­clud­ing its phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges and some­thing hard to find in Hol­ly­wood: ‘‘ Con­trol of your own destiny,’’ Dempsey says. The re­sult also is de­fin­i­tive.

‘‘ In rac­ing, ei­ther you’re fast and you’re the first one across the line, or you’re not,’’ he says.

He’s also set to star in the fea­ture film, The Art of Rac­ing in the Rain.

‘‘ It’s the ma­te­rial for me that’s go­ing to gen­er­ate the most pas­sion,’’ he says.

‘‘ With Grey’s, af­ter eight years, there’s very lit­tle left to ex­plore and you’re pretty much on au­topi­lot.’’

It sounds as if he’s ready to call it quits on the med­i­cal drama.

‘‘ Noth­ing has been re­solved, ei­ther to end or con­tinue,’’ he says. Grey’s Anatomy, Chan­nel 7, Thurs­day, 8.30pm Road movie: Pa­trick Dempsey is us­ing his in­ter­est in mo­tor sport to make a new doc­u­men­tary.

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