Late-90s pop sensation Lou Bega, known to fans of fleeting fame as the Mambo No. 5 guy, resurfaced yesterday after years of obscurity...to shoot down rumors that he had died.
It seems a bunch of Twitter trolls decided to have some fun with the similitude of Bega's first name and that of actually-deceased musician Lou Reed, and started tweeting out shorthand eulogies for the former:
rip lou bega— gobble cat (@robbercat) October 27, 2013
RIP lou bega - can't believe he's dead... Hope you're doing a mambo no. 5 with the big guy upstairs, m8— Gene.P (@bort_simpsone) October 27, 2013
What's going on? I heard Lou Bega just died????????????— Street Napoleon (@y2shay) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Bega, may you find a little bit of peace in your eternal rest; may a little bit of you make us your friend— Dr. Normal Boringman (@HunkyJimpjorps) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Bega. Your version of Mambo No 5 helped shape my adolescence.— Adam Tsai (@adamtsai) October 27, 2013
Oops, I got Lou Reed and Lou Bega mixed up. #MamboNo5— Dan Lambden (@DannyBlahBlah) October 27, 2013
it's too bad grumpy cat's death yesterday was overshadowed by lou bega's. RIP— Meredith Gran (@granulac) October 28, 2013
Somewhere along the line a media outlet or two got taken, and Bega suddenly found himself with a little bit of buzz for the first time in over a decade.
"[I] have been receiving Tons of condolences because of a Journalist confusing our Identities," Bega wrote on his official Facebook page. "Lou Bega sends his condolences to mr.Reeds Family."
And before you start freaking out, Grumpy Cat is also still alive.
[H/T: The Daily Dot]