Sports fans found themselves more than a little frustrated on Wednesday following the passing of football legend Diego Maradona, whose last name left many on social media thinking musician Madonna had died.
Maradona, 60, had been treated for a blood clot earlier this month and undergone brain surgery. He reportedly suffered a heart attack while recovering at home and passed away on Wednesday.
While many celebrated the 1986 World Cup winner’s life on Twitter, others proved just how little they knew of him, as they thought that pop singer Madonna had passed instead. Alternatively, some jumped to the conclusion that it was the latest false report about the singer’s death that got ‘Maradona’ trending in the first place.
I THOUGHT MADONNA HAD D WORDED pic.twitter.com/fmxDhWQ5Or
IMAGINE MARADONNA DIES AND PEOPLE THINK MADONNA IS DEAD INSTEAD I HATE IT HERE pic.twitter.com/M38bb2a0d6
Madonna checking twitter today: pic.twitter.com/epbNqUkEs8
Me before I realised it was Maradona and not Madonna: pic.twitter.com/FDyRqZfPMC
Madonna’s own name became a top trend once enough reactions had rolled in, with those who recognized the confusion becoming openly frustrated with the viral mess-up. Others, meanwhile, simply used the opportunity to begin trolling.
“All these jokes about Madonna’s death and the confusion with Maradona’s name proves once again that the Internet is an evil place,” one user wrote.
all these jokes about Madonna’s death and the confusion with Maradona’s name proves once again that the Internet is an evil place. pic.twitter.com/JUK3aWtj38
rip madonna 😭😭😭👊👿 pic.twitter.com/SNqNYtU1Lz
RIP Madonna, Queen of futbol. 😭🏀🥇 pic.twitter.com/dF5U6YekBX
thought my mom said madonna was dead pic.twitter.com/NHnDjtQnZy
madonna when she wake up and sees she’s dead: pic.twitter.com/tZEnhe2xHH
Others capitalized on the confusion, including comedian Stevo Timothy, who posted a video trying to explain who Maradona was.
“Not Madonna, everybody wishes she was dead,” he said.
Michael gives his tribute Diego Maradona’No not Madonna, sure everybody wishes she was dead’ #Legend#Maradona#DiegoArmandoMaradonapic.twitter.com/06KG40SVbU
Madonna reportedly remains alive at the age of 62.
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