Olonga apologises for fake death tweet 

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Former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga has apologised for mistakenly announcing the death of his ex-team mate Heath Streak on social media.


The announcement was widely reported by various media outlets, including Reuters, The Guardian, Times of India and local news sources, triggering a wave of sympathy across the world.


This culminated into a flood of condolences from figures such as Zimbabwe test captain Sean Williams, former teammates, opponents and government officials.


The announcement also plunged the sports fraternity and fans into mourning as such news was also reported by local news media which was misled by the announcement by Olonga.


Henry Olonga had made an announcement on his Twitter handle about the passing away of the cricket legendary.


“Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side. RIP (Zimbabwe cricket) legend,” Olonga had posted on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.


Realising the gravity of his mistake, Olonga quickly took to Twitter to refute confusion and the damage he had made to the image of the cricket legendary.


“I can confirm that rumors of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks,” he said.


This set tongues wagging on social media casting a bad light on the relations between Olonga and his ex-team mate Heath as the cricket legend woke up to the news of his death being peddled on social media.


In a bid to clear out confusion across his fans, family and friends the cricket legend released a statement refuting the fake news.

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