Due to an odd mix-up by a journalist reporting on the death of Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed, the very much alive Lou Bega, whom we fondly remember as the man who taught us "Mambo No. 5" back in 1999 has been receiving multiple condolences from fans thinking he had passed away.
The legendary Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71, prompting reactions and condolences to pour in from fans and fellow musicians around the world. One report apparently swapped Bega for Reed by accident (they do each have four letters, after all), but although a clarification was reportedly issued later, the cat was out of the bag and Bega began receiving "tons of condolences."
The National Post reported on Tuesday that a Twitter death hoax that got started after Reed passed away could also be to blame, so it was all but inevitable that false reports would spread through the Twitterverse quickly.
Bega, 38, posted a selfie on his official Facebook page yesterday to express his reaction to the death of Reed and also to clarify that he is, in fact, still kicking.
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."
Though a few still somehow appeared to be giving their respects in the comments, others shared the photo and injected some levity with quips like "1-2-3-4-5, Lou Bega's here to tell you that he's still alive."