Twitter Is Confused And Thinks George R.R. Martin Is Dead

The man who helped The Beatles find their sound, legendary rock producer George Martin, passed away Wednesday at the age of 90. Because his name bears such a striking similarity to A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin's, however, a large helping of Game of Thrones fans are unnecessarily distraught at the news. Nowhere is this more obvious than on Twitter, which is why I've got the best of the best "RIP George Martin" tweets for you to laugh at below.

If you're confused, allow me to explain. George R.R. Martin, the man behind A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, is not dead. George Martin, the "fifth Beatle" who worked extensively with the iconic rock band, is dead. Some don't understand the difference between the two men, and so have gotten themselves all worked up over nothing.

The "RIP George Martin" tweets fall into three distinct categories: those who were briefly panicked, but realized that George R.R. Martin is not dead; those who believe George R.R. Martin is dead, but don't know who George Martin is; and those who believe George R.R. Martin and George Martin are, in fact, the same person. We'll cover each of these in-depth below, with a special shout-out at the end to one website for trolling the shit out of everyone.

1. Those Who Were Briefly Panicked

2. Those Who Don't Know Who George Martin Is

3. Those Who Believe George R.R. Martin and George Martin Are The Same Guy

4. These People

George R.R. Martin responded to the confusion just before lunchtime. In a blog post titled "Not Dead Yet," the A Song of Ice and Fire author wrote:

While it is strangely moving to realize that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death, I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

George Martin is dead. Long live George Martin.

Updated 2:44 PM EST, March 9.