Thatcher hashtag sparks rumor of Cher’s death

This is Cher. She isn't dead. (Larry Busacca/Getty)
This is Cher. She isn't dead. (Larry Busacca/Getty)

When former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday after a stroke, a group critical of her politics and policies took to Twitter with a hashtag #nowthatchersdead.

The hashtag is supposed to read: "Now Thatcher's dead." But when mashed into one word, some people read it as: "Now that Cher's dead." Panic and confusion ensued on Twitter.

A short time later, those fears were calmed. Folks were quick to point out that it wasn't the "I've Got You Babe" singer who died, but rather the U.K.'s first and only female prime minister, an icon of conservative politics in the 1980s.

Rather than mock those who got mixed up by reposting their heartbroken tweets, here are some responses from folks eager to clarify the situation: