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Fools, Trolls Announce the Death of Olympic Swimmer Michael Fred Phelps

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Mar 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM ET

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. of Westboro Baptist Church fame wasn’t the only Phelps we lost this week; Olympic swimmer Michael Fred Phelps met his own untimely end yesterday—according to Twitter. Some slow-off-the-mark fans of the 28-year-old gold medalist were saddened by the news of his passing and were quick to offer their condolences.

Alas, they were then (no doubt) embarrassed to learn that the Olympian had not, in fact, died, and they’d instead mixed him up with the 84-year-old hatemonger. And while, sure, we know a good many of these are courtesy of Twitter’s thriving troll community, we’re still going to pretend they are all unapologetically genuine in the good name of schadenfreude.