As Twitchy reported, rock icon Lou Reed passed away Sunday at the age of 71. Condolences came pouring in, but for some reason, many of them were directed to the family of Lou Bega, the singer who hit the charts in 1999 with his cover of “Mambo No. 5.”
Not only is Bega alive and well; he posted a notice to Facebook to straighten out the situation:
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.
Really need to know the identity of the journo who confused Lou Bega for Lou Reed. A credit to the profession. pic.twitter.com/un6Khf9aJL
— Sahil Varma (@sahilv) October 28, 2013
That wasn’t enough to stop to momentum, though.
RIP Lou Bega, I know you're up in heaven teaching God a little something about mambo no. 5.
— St. Meyoncé (@WhiteDonCheadle) October 28, 2013
#RIP Lou Bega. Before iPods I used to stay up past my curfew listening to the radio for that night's top ten so I could hear "Mambo No. 5"
— AL VAL (@ALVALcomedy) October 28, 2013
RIP Lou Bega 🙁 heart goes out to Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary and Jessica #lostbutneverforgotten
— Jon Brady (@JonBradyCamera) October 28, 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
it's too bad grumpy cat's death yesterday was overshadowed by lou bega's. RIP
— Meredith Gran (@granulac) October 28, 2013
I just saw someone tweet out "RIP Lou Reed" with a picture of Lou Bega, so that's pretty much the worst thing ever.
— Bonnie Stiernberg (@aahrealbonsters) October 27, 2013
— Matt Man (@mattthemascot) October 28, 2013
RIP Lou Bega. Your version of Mambo No 5 helped shape my adolescence.
— Adam Tsai (@adamtsai) October 27, 2013
rip lou reed. on the upside, lou bega is still kickin it pic.twitter.com/bwQJqbEgbc
— cassidy johnson (@casss666) October 27, 2013
Those people mixing up Lou Reed and Lou Bega better not be writing prescriptions when they grow up. I don't even want them making fast food.
— John (@JKLPPNBRG) October 28, 2013