Twitter was awash on Monday morning with people lamenting the sad passing of artist and TV legend, Tony Hart.
Awwww Tony Hart has died. Used to love him on tv as a kid.— Rick Houghton © ⤷ (@Hortini) February 15, 2015
Oh just seen this. The man that made me think I could be good at art is dead. http://t.co/DBuLj0EgGl . So long Tony :(— Daniel Gerber (@GlasgowOsteo) February 16, 2015
Tony Hart probably had an influence on your creativity if you grew up in the 70's.
RIPFebruary 15, 2015
Tony Hart gone now! Another part of my childhood gone ........ #RIP— muthafungla (@muthafungla) February 15, 2015
Unfortunately, Hart has in fact been dead since 2009 when he passed away after suffering two strokes, as pointed out by none other than Morph.
Over the past 24 hrs, many people on Twitter have reported that Tony Hart has recently died. Tony sadly died in 2009. pic.twitter.com/PLHkjraxdw— Morph (@AmazingMorph) February 16, 2015
A Guardian obituary from the time appeared to be fueling the false rumours of a second demise as it spread across the internet by those who had failed to check the date on it.
RIP Tony Hart - a real childhood hero even if my painting never got on TV— Kara (@ChelseaMamma) February 15, 2015
#rip Tony Hart, a tv legend of my childhood.— Craig (@Gagesb) February 15, 2015
RIP Tony Hart.— Jennie Anderson (@jennie_a_photos) February 15, 2015
'Tony Hart' was quickly trending fueled by a mixture of ignorance and people gleefully pointing out the stupidity of others.
I can't believe Tony Hart died and then came back to life and then died again. :(— Gary Bainbridge (@Gary_Bainbridge) February 15, 2015
Farewell Tony Hart. I'll always remember you dying that first time in 2009. RIP.— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) February 15, 2015
RIP Tony Hart. An icon of my childhood passes away. pic.twitter.com/0iSuqTUE0o— James Cleverly (@JamesCleverly) February 16, 2015
Happy Birthday Tony Hart! #AmIDoingThisRight— Tane Piper (@tanepiper) February 16, 2015
Like many on social media, I am both shocked and saddened by the news that Tony Hart is still dead.— Phelim O'Neill (@Phelimo) February 16, 2015
For those who don't know, Hart was best known for presenting art programmes on the BBC including 'Hartbeat' and 'Take Hart'.
Tony Hart’s dead? I’ll give Michael Jackson 17 months tops then.— Andy Dawson (@profanityswan) February 16, 2015
and I thought I felt sad the first time Tony Hart died.— Robert Ball (@RobertMBall) February 16, 2015