FAIL! FOX Sports tweets Lionel Messi's death | inside World Soccer

FOX Sports blundered big time late Saturday night when its Latin American section reported on Twitter that Lionel Messi was deceased.

A screenshot of FOX Sports mistakenly announcing the death of Lionel Messi on Twitter
A screenshot of FOX Sports mistakenly announcing the death of Lionel Messi on Twitter

Photo: @FOXSports_norte

"We must report the sad news that Lionel Messi is deceased from a heart attack during training #RipMessi," said the tweet that was sent to 270,000-plus followers.

The message was deleted seconds later, but not quickly enough to prevent a screen shot from being taken and circulated throughout the Internet.

FOX Sports then went into damage control mode, while also blaming hackers for the incident, saying: "Sorry for the previous tweet and we apologize to anyone who may have been offended. Clearly we were hacked."

Messi is currently in his native Argentina, training with the national team ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

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