News broke today that Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Great Britain and a world-renowned politicians, passed away at the age of 87. However, people on Twitter seemed to think that Cher, the 66-year-old singer, passed away instead (relax, it’s not true).
How did this mixup occur? Blame the hashtag #nowthatchersdead.
Twitter users started the hashtag as a memorial to Thatcher, but some users read it as “Now That Cher’s Dead,” leading to a accidental Twitter death hoax surrounding Cher. Here are some of the best tweets about Cher’s “death.”
Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead.It’s “Now Thatcher’s dead”. Not, “Now that Cher’s dead” JustSayin’
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 8, 2013
Ricky Gervais clears up which famous person actually died.
It is true R.I.P Cher
— Maria R Gomez (@MariaRosa_Spain) April 8, 2013
I do like a bit of hashtag ambiguity. RIP Cher. #nowthatchersdead
— Sara Wilson (@SaraLWilson) April 8, 2013
— Glen Szczypka (@GLENszczypka) April 8, 2013
Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and the UK's only female prime minister, is dead of a stroke.Click here to read more
RIP Cher! #nowthatchersdead
— Eduardo Viveiros (@quartopiso) April 8, 2013
do you believe in life after Cher? I don’t. RIP Cher
— Charlotte McGahey (@Chmarlyblob) April 8, 2013
Rip Cher #nowthatchersdead
— Wasim Bashir (@bellology) April 8, 2013
One user even thought UK singer Cher Lloyd passed away instead of Cher.
As it seems to be pretty controversial on twitter, this will be my only tweet on Cher Lloyd’s death. RIP you pink haired princess.
— David Stringer (@Joe_Bloghead) April 8, 2013