Bob Dylan fell for it, and he wasn’t alone. Monday morning, #RIPBritney began trending after Sony Music’s Twitter account was hacked. It reported Britney Spears had died at age 35.
The New York Daily News reported “Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan retweeted one of the messages and also added his own tweet, ‘Rest in peace @britneyspears.’ It is unclear if Dylan was also hacked, but the tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted.”
“It appears @SonyMusicGlobal erroneously tweeted her death,” CNN news editor AnneClaire Stapleton tweeted.
“There have been a few Internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account,” Spears’ rep told CNN.
Relief was followed by sarcasm:
— Joshua Anthony (@Joshneyy) December 26, 2016
It took Britney Spears 20 minutes to come back to life after she died. It took Jesus Christ 40 days! Jesus wishes he could be this iconic.
— FEIM (@FeimM) December 26, 2016
Britney Spears died and resurrected after less than half an hour. an iconic move and not everybody did that. she DID that. #RIPBritney
— Glory (@kneespearsus) December 26, 2016
— Fiebre Britney (@fiebrebritney_) December 26, 2016
— josh (@joshpls) December 26, 2016