Piers Morgan duped by Tony Hart death ‘hoax’

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Tony Hart, presenter of TV shows including Vision On, Take Hart and Hart Beat, died in 2009.

However, the internet apparently has an extremely short memory when it comes to children's television icons of the 70s and 80s.

Earlier today Piers Morgan joined in with the latest round of lamentations over the death of Mr Hart.

Morgan was only the most high-profile person to post such sentiments. Many tweeted a link to the Telegraph's 2009 story on Tony Hart's death:

Nooooooooooooo Not Tony Hart as well …… πŸ™ https://t.co/eVu4RDOYOR

β€” Mark D (@Mute8_235)
January 1, 2016

Awww RIP #TonyHart my art inspiration through my school years

β€” Helen Latham (@princesshofbare)
January 2, 2016

Very sad news, huge inspiration to me as a child and I'm sure many others alike, R.I.P Sir!!! https://t.co/JYoJkF3zqo

β€” Steve Brown (@SteveSketchesIt)
January 2, 2016

Sad to hear about Tony Hart dying. Another of my childhood legends gone… #rip

β€” Martin Fkn Hadden (@haddenism)
January 3, 2016

The six-year-old story became the most shared page on the Telegraph website on Sunday as huge numbers of readers posted the link to Twitter and Facebook.

Morgan quickly realised his error and tweeted an apology:

My apologies. Tony Hart died in 2009. Apparently some idiots think it's funny to kill him off again on social media every year. It's not.

β€” Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)
January 3, 2016

As he suggests, this isn't the first time this has happened. In February last year 'Tony Hart' started trending as countless people flooded Twitter timelines with their belated condolences:

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The latest resurgence in Tony Hart tweets isn't as widespread as the first, and far more people have been indulging in jokes and virtual eye-rolling at those apparently taken in by the 'hoax' (if it is a hoax, and not simply a case of lots of people innocently making the same mistake).

Tony Hart was so well loved people are mourning his death on Twitter for the third time. Great man!

β€” See (@lamorphise)
January 2, 2016

Sad to see Tony Hart has died yet again. RIP.

β€” Andy Weltch (@AWeltch)
January 3, 2016

… and now again January 2nd 2016. Three times #TonyHart has died, according to the internet. Impressive. pic.twitter.com/EsNBnHGbGM

β€” Jay McCreary (@JayMcCreary)
January 2, 2016

RT: Cinemartyn: 'How many times must Tony Hart die?' Sing it to Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind.

β€” Phi Films (@Phi_Films)
January 3, 2016

Which Tony Hart death hit you the hardest?

β€” hrtbps (@hrtbps)
January 3, 2016

Others raised a more serious point:

I wonder if anyone in Tony Hart's family finds the whole multiple death reports thing as thigh-slappingly funny as Twitter does.

β€” Ben Stanley (@BDStanley)
January 3, 2016

What's wrong with social media morons – Tony Hart died in 2009 – don't you think it's hurtful for his family ?? Yes – you're morons

β€” Tim.A.Roberts (@Tim_A_Roberts)
January 3, 2016

Why does this keep happening? While there's undoubtedly a bit of Twitter mischief-making involved, we wonder if this latest round of Tony Hart-related tweets might be related to the recent death of his namesake, Lieutenant Tony Hart, who died in November aged 93, and whose obituary was published in the Telegraph last month:

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