Poor Peter Reid falls for internet hoax and announces Peter Kay has died (he hasn't) 3 years ago

Poor Peter Reid falls for internet hoax and announces Peter Kay has died (he hasn't)

Poor Peter. Reid that is.

A great many people are fully aware that Wikipedia, although a very helpful and powerful resource, is also consumed with a pinch of salt. The self-curated repository may be impressively accurate and comprehensive considering its editable nature, but there is definitely room for short-term shenanigans before they are identified and corrected.

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On Sunday, former Everton and England star Peter Reid, now a popular pundit, took a rogue update as fact, and announced to his 140,000 Twitter followers that comedian and (some would say) natural treasure Peter Kay had passed away - because he saw it on Twitter. An easy mistake to make to the uninitiated.

Poor Reidy was understandably gutted, using a screenshot and adding: 'Oh no can't believe this. RIP'

In fact, it was namesake Sporting Chance rehab clinic co-founder Peter Kay who sadly died in 2013. Thankfully a throng of followers corrected him and explained that it was trolls up to no good and conflating the two...

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Reid went on to correct his tweet (sort of), by posting:

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It's not Peter.