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Goof-up! Shashi Kapoor passes away, Shashi Tharoor gets condolence calls

The mistake happened after a news channel's Twitter handle wrote Shashi Tharoor instead of Shashi Kapoor.

Written by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 04, 2017 23:22 IST ]
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Shashi Kapoor passes away at the age of 79

Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of the 70s and early 80s, passed away on Monday at Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai. The actor breathed his last at the age of 79. While the entire country is pouring condolences and expressing grief on his demise, some thought it was Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who passed away.

In another case of name goof-ups, Thiruvananthapuram MP Tharoor said he was getting condolence calls."We're getting condolence calls in the office. Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature. #ShashiKapoor," Tharoor tweeted after paying tribute to the legendary actor in previous tweet.

The mistake happened after a news channel's Twitter handle wrote Shashi Tharoor instead of Shashi Kapoor. But the politician has "no problem" as "mistakes happen. Glad to be able to crack a smile at a tragic moment".

Expressing his sorrow over sudden demise of the iconic actor, Tharoor wrote on micro-blogging site, "I feel a part of me is gone. A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome and w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss Shashi Kapoor. Condolences to his family and all his fans." 

A similar goof-up happened at actor Vinod Khanna's death as well. People started sharing condolence messages on Twitter thinking to be cricketer Vinod Kambli.

(With IANS inputs)

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