That one time Twitter thought Cher was dead

Misread hashtag leads to speculation over singer’s supposed death

UPDATED 5:24 PM EDT Apr 08, 2013


(CNN) —Twitter is notorious for killing off the living, sometimes thanks to a hoax and sometimes, as was the case on Monday, through an unfortunate hashtag.

#Nowthatchersdead popped up on Twitter following the news that Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died at 87. But thanks to its lack of capitalization, some fans of the singer Cher read it as Now That Cher’s Dead and started panicking:

“Did Cher die?! #nowthatchersdead”

“#nowthatchersdead Cher is dead?!?!?!”

“Just heard that Cher is dead! cc @serafinowicz”

“Seen a #nowthatchersdead tweet. Is Cher dead?!?!?!!!”

And in came the obligatory RIPs:

“Oh dear. #nowthatchersdead is trending. First Margret Thatcher and now Cher. It’s been one crazy day. #RIP”

“RIP Cher, I only wish we could turn back time…”

“RIP Cher. At least now we’ll find out about life after love. #nowthatchersdead”

Thank you to WLWT for this article.



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