A fake BBC News Twitter account falsely announced that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away, which sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy.
Using the unverified handle @BBCNewsUKI, the hoax announcement managed to garner more than 200 retweets, Mashable reports. The account has since been suspended.
Several public figures and influencers, including the French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, retweeted the message with their condolences before learning it was fake.
Alas, a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed the Queen is still very much alive by simply stating, "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue to recover from their heavy colds."
Although it may seem that people were just being incredibly gullible, the possibility of the Queen passing isn't totally far-fetched considering that she has truly been ill with a severe cold and that the grim reaper that is 2016 has taken just about every icon the world values into the afterlife.
It is so 2016 that we all immediately believed that The Queen was dead because IT'S 2016.— kat calvin (@KatCalvinLA) December 29, 2016
I just fell for a fake BBC account announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II because it seemed obvious with this year.— Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic) December 29, 2016
Thankfully, the truth was revealed. Let's hope we can make it through the next two days of 2016 without losing anymore beloved figures.
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