As tributes flooded in for Lou Reed following his death over the weekend, a lesser-known Lou reportedly experienced a sudden upsurge in sympathy on social media.
Lou Bega, the German singer best (or perhaps only) known for his cover of “Mambo No. 5,” which became a pop anthem of the ’90s, claims that his family has received an outpouring of condolences since Reed’s death from people confusing the two musicians.
In a post on his Facebook page on Monday, the 38-year-old singer wrote: “R.I.P. Lou Reed the Genius who took Walks on the Wild side. Ps: I have been receiving Tons of condolences because of a Journalist confusing our Identities. Lou Bega sends his condolences to mr.Reeds Family [sic].”
Despite Bega’s message, fans continued to post heartfelt messages of sympathy on Facebook even a day later. “R.I.P. Lou Bega.--Monica, Erica and Rita send a little bit of their condolences,” wrote one Facebook user. “R.I.P. Lou Bega ~ We hardly knew you” wrote another.
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Others also expressed misplaced condolences for Bega on Twitter.
RIP lou bega - can't believe he's dead... Hope you're doing a mambo no. 5 with the big guy upstairs, m8
â€” Gene.P (@bort_simpsone) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Bega
â€” Justin Berzerker (@blackngoldlabel) October 27, 2013
R.I.P Lou Bega. Hopefully there are trumpets in heaven.
â€” Mike Salisbury (@Boy_from_school) October 28, 2013