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Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

It's supposed to be about Monday's death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and looks to have been popularized by the website "IsThatcherDeadYet," which was not upset to hear about the Iron Lady's passing. "It's fair to say that we are not fans," site co-creator Jared Earle told The Guardian.

When Thatcher died, the website asked readers "how are you celebrating?" and suggested they use the #nowthatcherisdead hashtag.

Monday at 7:58 a.m. ET, just after the news broke of Thatcher's death, the hashtag popped up on Twitter. The first tweet from someone who seemed to have read it wrong came four minutes later:

"So sad to hear that Cher is dead. #nowthatcherisdead."

That led to some confusion and amusement. Comedian Ricky Gervais was among those who tried to straighten things out:

"Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead. It's 'Now Thatcher's dead'. Not, 'Now that Cher's dead' JustSayin' "

This goes to show, tweets @WePlayOnWords, "why capital letters should be used in hashtags #NowThatcherIsDead #nowthatcherisdead."

As for Cher, she doesn't seem to have joined in the discussion. But she was on Twitter early Tuesday, posting notes and a photo.

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