Bob Hoskins was a great and prolific actor. He appeared in over 50 feature films, playing everything from a band manager in Pink Floyd — The Wall, to J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon. He won a Golden Globe for best actor for the 1986 film Mona Lisa, a role that also got him nominated for an academy award.
So if Twitter wants to mourn him twice, they really couldn’t have made a better choice.
I thank you for the bottom of my heart for thanking me for a life time of fun. – Bob Hoskins RIP pic.twitter.com/RNh3f9ynmt— Uplifting Quotes (@UPLlFTlNGQuotes) May 2, 2016
Hoskins died of pneumonia almost two years ago, and it was most likely a fan posting the BBC article about his death—to mark the anniversary of his passing—that lead to the confusion.
Those in the know were quick to point out the mistake:
Unbelievable. Death of Bob Hoskins is 5th most read BBC page today. Except that Hoskins died two years ago, you morons.— Tom Phillips (@TomSprints) May 2, 2016
Sorry to hear that Bob Hoskins has passed away after a short illness. Wasn't he in the James Bond film, "You only live twice"? #2014— Steve (@Stevie___C) May 1, 2016
Seems Bob Hoskins has died again. Curse you, 2016! You weren't happy killing living celebs now you have to go after dead ones too.— Mark (@Scuttlecliff) May 1, 2016
Even though it was a mistake, it’s nice to be reminded of a great actor who brought the world so much joy. We still miss you Bob. Goodbye… again.