Hoax Twitter Account Causes Uproar After Tweeting The Queen Was Dead

Many on Twitter found themselves the victims of fake news after a hoax BBC account tweeted a false announcement that Queen Elizabeth II was dead.

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.  

Thankfully, the truth was revealed. Let's hope we can make it through the next two days of 2016 without losing anymore beloved figures. 

Banner/Thumbnail Credit: REUTERS, Mary Turner

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