Is Lou Bega Dead? ‘Mambo No. 5’ Singer Begs Fans To Stop Mistaking Him For Lou Reed

on October 29 2013 3:14 PM
Lou Bega tried to clear up things after fans reportedly mistook him for Lou Reed and sent condolences. Facebook

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].”

loubega Lou Bega tried to clear up things after fans reportedly mistook him for Lou Reed.  Facebook

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.

Others also expressed misplaced condolences for Bega on Twitter.










According to Bega’s website, he recently released a new album, “A Little Bit of '80s” and recently appeared as a guest on the German music TV show “Willkomen bei Carmen Nebel.”

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