Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Reports of star's demise premature

Baroness Thatcher's death left some Twitter users with the impression that the singer Cher had died
Cher:Singer
Cher:Singer
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: Singer Cher appears during the "Hit Man: David Foster and Friends" concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: Singer Cher appears during the "Hit Man: David Foster and Friends" concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Baroness Thatcher's death caused paroxysms of confusion on Twitter where some users were apparently left with the impression that the singer Cher had died.

Members began posting comments on the microblogging site with the hashtag #nowthatchersdead soon after the news was announced.

But it was apparently misinterpreted and led to a flurry of Tweets suggesting it had upset the pop star's fans.

Comedian Ricky Gervais attempted to set the record straight, writing: "Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead.

"It's 'Now Thatcher's dead'.

"Not, 'Now that Cher's dead'".

Other Twitter users sought to reassure followers. One wrote: "It's OK people, @cher is still very much alive".

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