A fake BBC News Twitter account has started a Queen Elizabeth death hoax on Thursday with a heartless tweet that has already fooled hundreds. The account, @BBCNewsUKI, is not verified and clearly not actually BBC News, but unsurprisingly tricked many into believing the tweet at first. The account has since been suspended. And for the record, Queen Elizabeth II is still alive.
"BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90," the tweet read. "Circumstances are unknown. More to follow."
The hoax comes just days after several high-profile celebrity deaths, including Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It also comes on the back of the news that the Queen missed Christmas services for the first time in 30 years due to a "heavy cold," the New York Times reports.
According to a statement made by Buckingham Palace, the Queen missed the church ceremony because she "continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery."
Horribly, this has not been the first Queen Elizabeth death hoax. On Christmas Day, a comedian also tweeted that the Queen had died: "It is with great sadness that I announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away," Limmy wrote.
Fortunately, the Queen is alive and kickin' — and actual leagues classier than anyone who even thinks that a death hoax in this day and age is actually funny.