Comedian Limmy – real name Brian Limond – has come under fire on social media after posting a hoax series of tweets claiming Simon Cowell had died.
The Scottish star of the BBC's Limmy's Show send out two tweets, which featured BBC and Sky News breaking logos and the fake announcement of the X Factor judge's death, yesterday (October 29).
"RT @BBCBreaking Simon Cowell has died. Heart attack. #XFactor," he captioned one, writing on the other: "RT @SkyNews Source confirms Simon Cowell has died. More to follow. #XFactor".
However, many users did not take the hoax lightly, one writing: "It's sick to tweet that about anyone. What if his family or friends saw it & believed it?"
It's sick to tweet that about anyone. What if his family or friends saw it & believed it?- Bev (@BevFink) October 29, 2017
"This is supposed to be funny?" another added, while a third wrote: "Bit sick to make this up."
This is supposed to be funny?- ShelZismik (@c_shelzzzzz) October 29, 2017
Bit sick to make this up- Kyle Hamilton (@KyleH1992) October 29, 2017
Some things you don't joke about. You are sad and pathetic- Joanna (@JPW066) October 29, 2017
Fans furious with comedian Limmy as he tweets that Simon Cowell has 'died' ??? I am not an X Factor fan, but this is the lowest of the low..- leighton rees (@thescarletbard) October 29, 2017
We can assure our readers that Simon is very much alive, though he did have to miss out on this weekend's X Factor after falling down in his home last week. On yesterday's second live show, he was replaced by Alesha Dixon as his Groups performed.
Opening up about his fall, Simon revealed: "They think I fainted because I had low blood pressure and so I have got to really take good care of myself to sort that out.
"After all, I am a dad and have more responsibility than ever."
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