Hacker takes over NFL Twitter account, falsely says Commissioner Roger Goodell is dead

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX at Phoenix Convention Center on January 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX at Phoenix Convention Center on January 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The NFL has deleted a tweet that falsely announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league’s verified Twitter account sent out a message Tuesday morning that read, “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.”  The tweet was the result of a hacking; it was removed about five minutes later.

The hacker then followed up with more tweets, which were also deleted shortly afterward.

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NFL reporters quickly informed the public that the report was not true, and that Goodell was fine.

A spokesman for the NFL also confirmed that the account was hacked:

Many Twitter users seemed skeptical from the beginning, but–true to Twitter form–that didn’t stop some from joking about it in reply. Many quips referenced the ongoing “Deflategate” saga, which has put the commissioner and New England Patriots fans at odds since February 2015.

Others (spoiler alert) referenced “Game of Thrones”:

Goodell, who is alive at 57, has been NFL commissioner since 2006. He took over for Paul Tagliabue,  who had held the post since 1989.