LEGENDARY professional wrestler Hulk Hogan has sparked concerns by mistakenly tweeting that Jackass star Bam Margera was dead.
In an embarrassing case of mistaken identity, the 64-year-old WWE veteran took to Twitter to declare that 38-year-old Margera (real name Brandon Margera) had passed away.
However, Hogan later corrected himself to declare that he had confused Margera with fellow Jackass performer, Ryan Dunn, who had died in 2011.
He apologised on Twitter before deleting the string of tweets completely — but not before fans had spotted his error.
In the original tweets, Hogan wrote: “Damn Bam I wish you were still with us, I sure would love to hang out again my brother love u miss u HH”.
The star posted a photo of himself with the TV star alongside his misdirected tribute.
He then posted: “Got Ryan and Bam mixed up sorry Bam!!! HH”.
Pro Wrestling reporter, Ryan Satin, highlighted Hulk’s error, writing: “Hulk Hogan paid tribute to Bam Margera today, who — despite what Hulk Hogan thought — is not dead.”
He later updated followers after Hulk deleted his note, writing: “Hulk deleted the tweet apologising now too.”
Followers online had been left confused, with one tweeting: “Did … did Bam Margera die?”
Another asked: “Wait, Bam Margera is alive isn’t he?” while a third declared: “Unless he JUST died Bam Margera was still alive last I heard?”
Others were quick to correct him, with one tweeting: “Bam Margera is not dead, Hulkster,” while another laughed: “Hulk Hogan thinking Bam Margera is dead is peak 2018.”
Margera and Dunn were stars of MTV’s long-running prank TV show Jackass — which ran from 2000 to 2002 and spawned three big screen adventures.
Dunn died on 20 June 2011 following a fatal car accident at the age of 34.
Originally published as WWE legend’s embarrassing reality TV gaffe