It all started with a grave mistake. This morning, Phillips, the international auction house, declared that artist Cy Twombly was dead—even though they linked to a 2011 obit from the New York Times. (The tweet has since been deleted.) With that regrettable tweet, a haze of grief fell on Twitter with everyone bemoaning the passing of the 20th century’s most famous scribbler. Unless you believe Twombly was a zombie, Cylon, or a Scientologist, he most definitely passed away in 2011.
— Lisa Ray (@Lisaraniray) July 15, 2014
It wasn’t just Phillips that decided Twombly had died again. False rumors of Twombly’s new death have been circulating since yesterday, though they’ve inspired far less noise than the Phillips tweet.
For shame, Twitterers: Read before you re-tweet.
RIP used to mean something. #riprip
— William (@Powhida) July 15, 2014