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article imageSpain's Rafa Nadal apologizes for accidental Mandela death tweet

By Anne Sewell     Jun 11, 2013 in Sports
On Monday, after reading a fake message from someone who claimed to be the British journalist Piers Morgan, Spanish tennis star Rafael (Rafa) Nadal tweeted news of the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
As the people of South Africa pray for the health of Nelson Mandela, who is back in hospital in intensive care suffering from a recurring lung condition, someone sent out a fake tweet saying that he had passed away.
Rafa Nadal, the Spanish tennis star, saw the fake tweet and reacted by sending his own message:
"Today we lost one of the most important and relevant people in our world. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela".
Tweet sent out in error by Rafa Nadal
Tweet sent out in error by Rafa Nadal
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However, he soon afterwards found out that Mandela is still alive and remains in a "serious but stable" condition.
Nadal was quick to apologize and sent a further tweet:
"I had false information and for now Nelson Mandela hasn't left us," he wrote.
"Let's hope he is with us for our long time. What he has done will be remembered forever."
Rafael Nadal sent a tweet to apologize for announcing the death of Nelson Mandela.
Rafael Nadal sent a tweet to apologize for announcing the death of Nelson Mandela.
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Unfortunately, however, Nadal has almost 4.5 million followers and many had already retweeted the news.
It seems the fake tweet came from an account claiming to belong to the English journalist Piers Morgan. Morgan sent the following tweet after hearing of the problem:
"This is the fake account that falsely tweeted Nelson Mandela's death, please get this moron off Twitter: @piersrnorgan"
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And here is the original fake tweet:
Fake tweet sent by parody of Piers Morgan.
Fake tweet sent by parody of Piers Morgan.
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The fake Twitter feed can currently be seen here.
In better news, Nadal won the French Open crown for a record eighth time on Sunday. Apparently after beating his compatriot David Ferrer in the French Open final, Nadal took a trip to Eurodisney to celebrate.
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