It’s a public case of mistaken identity.
On Tuesday morning, one of the most successful music producers ever, 90-year-old Beatles producer George Martin, died. The news was met with an outpouring of affection and grief across the internet for the man who had been lovingly nicknamed the “fifth Beatle.”
But in another segment of the internet, the news of George Martin’s death sounded an awful lot like a death knell for another beloved artist whose name differed by just two letters: George R.R. Martin, the 67-year-old creator of Game of Thrones whose health has been closely monitored by fans since the thus-far incomplete series became a runaway hit.
Fans reacted with an emotional cocktail of grief, shock, guilt, relief, and generally conflicted.
The two have also had their photos mixed up, which likely generated more confusion:
The confused fans however were outweighed by the flood of comments mourning the passing of producer George Martin, and the tributes celebrating his life:
George Martin is survived by his wife Judy Martin, and four children.