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30/10/2013 11:42 GMT | Updated 30/10/2013 11:53 GMT

Lou Reed Is Dead, Not Lou Bega Of Mambo No 5 Fame

Lou Bega of Mambo No 5 fame has been flooded with messages of sympathy from fans who thought he had died.

The singer took to his Facebook page to address the mix-up which saw fans somehow confuse him with Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed.

Bega paid tribute to Reed, but pinned the mix-up at the feet of a “journalist confusing our identities”, (come on, who did that!?)

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A glance at earlier entries on Bega’s Facebook wall indeed sees fans lamenting his passing.

Reed was responsible for the likes of the iconic anthems Walk on the Wilde Side and Perfect Day, while Bega was never quite able to repeat the success of his sole UK number 1 hit Mambo No 5.

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I'm not dead: Lou Bega

Reed, who had undergone treatment for a life-saving liver transplant earlier this year, died of a liver-related ailment his agent confirmed on Sunday.

Lou Read Dead