There was some confusion on social media over the weekend. Shocking, I know…
Tom Jones, the lyricist, director and writer of The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical in history, died of cancer at the age of 95.
So the name “Tom Jones” started trending and RIP messages led many to believe that the famous Welsh singer Tom Jones was dead.
But the What’s New Pussycat/Sex Bomb singer Tom Jones is alive and well. But that didn’t stop thousands of messages dedicated to the Welshman from flooding in.
One Facebook post said,
At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (August 12, 2023), our beloved singer Tom Jones passed away. Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940 in Pontypridd. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
@IAmMarvinMoore wrote on Twitter:
Just to be clear, this #TomJones is not dead. The Tom Jones that died is the book writer and lyricist for the the series The Fantasticks”
@carlosdz in a post including a TikTok of Jones performing It’s Not Unusual said,
Tom Jones is not dead, I repeat, he is not dead.”
Another user, @vince_dc55 said,
Let’s make this right. #TomJones is trending on Twitter. HE IS NOT DEAD, folks. The other Tom Jones, creator of the longest running musical The Fantasticks, is. He was 95. PHEW! Had me going for a second there”
#RIP Tom Jones. Long live Tom Jones.
Tom Jones is not dead, I repeat, he is not dead.— Carlos Domínguez (@carlosdz) August 13, 2023
(Photo, YouTube; via Wales Online)