NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not passed away — despite what a tweet from the NFL’s account may have led some to believe.
The league’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday with a message saying, “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57.”
The NFL confirmed that its account had been hacked and that Goodell is alive and well.
Goodell has been commissioner of the league since 2006.
The message about his passing was quickly deleted, but the hacker continued to toy with the account, sending more tweets mocking the NFL.
The original tweet about Goodell’s death was retweeted over 2,000 times within minutes of it being posted.
The NFL’s Twitter page indicates that the handle has posted hundreds of new tweets since the hack, but none of them will load, indicating that the hacker is still messing with it.
This is the latest Twitter hack to announce the death of a famous person.
On Sunday, an account associated with actor Jack Black announced that he had died. The account later acknowledged that it had been hacked.