There was an outpouring of love on Twitter Wednesday night when a rumor surfaced that Nelson Mandela had reportedly passed away.
According to The Guardian Express, a reliable source said the anti-apartheid hero passed away Tuesday night in a Pretoria hospital, though it was not confirmed by any other news agencies. And, it seems not everyone on Twitter knows what Mandela looks like and erroneously shared Morgan Freeman's picture.
The humanitarian became a South African icon after being freed from 27 years of imprisonment. Shorty after his freedom, the white minority rule in the country dissipated and he became the first black president of South Africa in 1994.
Authorities have not confirmed his death, The Guardian Express, wrote, reporting Mandela's family is keeping hush about his death since President Obama will be visiting the country shortly and they don’t want the hero’s death to overshadow Obama’s stay.
It should be noted CNN last reported Mandela is still on life support. According to the news site, though he remains in critical condition he is alive.
Twitter users who believe the death report by The Guardian Express took to the social media site to share their grief, including superstar Rihanna:
Nelson Mandela....one of the most incredible men to ever walk this earth!!! Sending prayers up to the Heavens for you! #AngelOnEarth
— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 25, 2013
"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination." Nelson Mandela will forever remain an inspiration to us all.
— Invisible Children (@Invisible) June 27, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. Your legacy will live on until the end of time.
— VALEISHA (@valeisha) June 27, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. Influential, Great and I appreciate everything he stood for. The great African Sage Master
— Ol' Filthy #FAP (@OlDuttySam) June 27, 2013
Others attempted to dismantle the rumor by reminding users that Twitter is infamous for perpetuating death hoaxes:
Nelson Mandela's death hasn't been confirmed yet!
— Setareh Kamali (@setarehkamali1) June 27, 2013
There's no conformation yet of Nelson Mandela's passing- I wonder when Twitter is going to stop pronouncing people dead..
— S A N A (@Sanaax14) June 27, 2013
Waiting for a reliable source to update on Nelson Mandela's health. Twitter has "killed" many public figures in the past.
— Evan Klim I (@TweetsFromEvan) June 27, 2013
In another strange twist, some Twitter users wrote "RIP Nelson Mandela" and attached a picture of Morgan Freeman:
— Abortion Survivor ™ (@ShuggNotSuge) June 27, 2013
People posting R.I.P Nelson Mandela along with a picture of Morgan Freeman.....clearly they don't know who passed.
— ♥May 31st♥ (@msnicole_ash) June 27, 2013
I'm mad everyone posting that Morgan Freeman died though -_- RIP Nelson Mandela, you helped shape the world we live in today, much thanks
— Monique.Danielle (@MOtivationn) June 27, 2013
Why in the hashtag section R.I.P Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman's pictures shows up?? #DeadWrong
— Kimberly Ansley (@Kimicalz_Reactz) June 27, 2013
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....