(DAILY MAIL) — An internet hoax about the death of British actor Rowan Atkinson became the top trending topic worldwide on Twitter today.

Rumours about the apparent demise of the Mr Bean star spread around the globe within hours of a ‘joke’ tweet from a so called ‘internet troll’ on the microblogging site.

The hoax even briefly fooled internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, which displayed Mr Atkinson’s date of death as 26 February, 2012 on his entry page.

Tens of thousands of people latched onto the #RIP Rowan Atkinson hash-tag to express their condolences.

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