The NFL's Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday, leading to a false announcement of the death of commissioner Roger Goodell.
There was widespread shock when a tweet from the league's official account mourned the apparent passing of Goodell, at the age of 57, although the message in question was deleted within minutes.
is Roger Goodell twitter dead or dead dead? pic.twitter.com/c2l1PUC6Ce-- maurice (@tallmaurice) June 7, 2016
A league spokesman quickly released a tweet of his own confirming the commissioner is actually still alive.
Brian McCarthy's tweet read: "The @nfl Twitter account was hacked. @nflcommish is alive and well."
However, the hackers continued their shenanigans, with further tweets - again swiftly deleted - that read: "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don't delete that tweet." and "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job."