That one time Twitter thought Cher was dead
April 8th, 2013
03:52 PM ET

That one time Twitter thought Cher was dead

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:

And in came the obligatory RIPs:

Thankfully, there were Twitter users like Ricky Gervais who were able to help out those awaiting news of Cher's memorial service:

This isn't the first time such a mix-up has happened, and it probably won't be the last. Back in 2011, some Twitter users thought the news of Kim Jong Il's death was referring to the rapper Lil Kim.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. kant

    Leaked Un-Seen hot photos of Brittany Palmer

    April 17, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. jane

    what are those balls in her cheeks?

    April 16, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pamela Britten

    You people come off as uneducated, thick headed numb skulls...exhausting. Learn to read and understand and you will find that your reaction is completely different and uh here's one...logical!

    April 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |


    April 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |


    April 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob N. Ferapples

    I glad she's not dead – now she can make me a sandwich. Women make the best sandwiches.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah

    Cher? She will probably find this humbling, but I really don't care.

    April 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shikabane Hime

    Let Stupidity Reign!

    April 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 3 turds anthem

    -take a peek

    April 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael Bruce

    Cher looks really, really dead...just sayin"

    April 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gmenfan54

    Cher looked better before she had her lips inflated.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mother nature

      wow, implanted cheeks? sure looks it. why are we so afraid to age gracefully? you live long enough, you are going to become old. i have noticed many of the older celebrities look worse now because they keep having plastic surgery. it doesn't hide anything, just stretches out your flaws into smoother looks.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. frmrma

    Twitter just highlights how stupid our society has become. There is no hope for the future.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sean Connery

    When she dies it will be a shame...that all that plastic isnt biodegradeable

    April 9, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. BMK115

    Margaret Thatcher died, but THANK GOD Cher is ok. ... 😛

    April 9, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jerome Horowitz

    Hmmmm....all the tweets are from men?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sand Bagged...Got It?


    April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  17. Floyd from Illinois

    As a longtime "Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman" fan, I was saddened to hear of T. Hatcher's passing.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  18. routed too the shot thanks

    April 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. GarthBock

    Cher can't die....NAPA has replacement parts for her. Besides if she did die, the shock to the gay world would be like the pope dying. Can you imagine what it would take to elect her replacement ? The a San Francisco bar......the it white smoke? it rainbow smoke ? Not to mention the sudden upsurge in Cher impersonators and drag queens. I don't think the world is ready for that.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. Cher:cousin

    This goes out to the ones that don't understand the rules on clean talk. People need to stop being low class with the b/m talk. That is uncalled for speaking as a grown up!
    Speak kind,speak clean!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Chersbuttdimple

      He does that on every forum, please don't feed the trolls..

      April 9, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  21. Cher:cousin

    @ Alvarez, you are a sick person!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. greg

    Remember the time i sucked and licked the butter from your fingers on our first date cher? well theres still time for us babe! blood keeps pounding a rhythm to your brain! remember cher those were the days mm mmm!

    April 9, 2013 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. m with daughter

    Cher is a disgusting person..full of hate

    April 9, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  24. humming sound confimed.


    April 9, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  25. Brenda

    La da da da di da di da

    April 9, 2013 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  26. Hey cnn

    So the comments posted above are acceptable? im SICK and TIRED of reading about ppls toileting habbits. Do something about this. U ppl look like a joke!

    April 9, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Down with poop comments

      I agree. No more of these butt nugget, a$$ gravy, trouser chili, peepee, potty, poopie, diarrhea, cream pie sand in your lady parts "humor," please. But, I do like it when they make fart comments, and spell out the sound a fart makes like this: "fffffffffppppppppppppppppppppttttttttttttttttt.............."
      That's just plain FUNNY!

      April 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sadie

    That's funny. I'll bet that just creeped Cher when she heard about it. Nobody wants to read about their own death.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  28. Cher:cousin

    She is such a great person,let her live.

    April 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Overheard Fake Conference call...


    April 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. C

    And that's what happens when people lack culture.

    April 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jefferson

    Loving Cher.....Cher will never die....CHER IS AN AMERICAN ICON

    April 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. sgs

    And The Beat Goes On.....

    April 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sweet Jessica

    I hope everyone had a happy day. Mine was a little below average but that's ok. Tomorrow might be better for everyone. : )

    April 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. That ONE BAND CAMP...

    April 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jeff

    Oh my stars. She really does look dead in the photo. Like a ghost. Are they sure she isn't a zombie?

    April 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Bob N. Ferapples

    She looks dead. Sure this is a hoax?

    April 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |

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