A hacker took control of George Harrison's Twitter account yesterday — and then apologized for not knowing the former Beatle is dead.

The NME reports that Harrison's account is one of several owned by high-profile artists who've been victimized in recent days. Keith Richards, Tame Impala, Bon Iver and Tenacious D were all hit over the weekend, with their Twitter feeds used to disseminate everything from bomb threats and insults to a death hoax claiming Tenacious D frontman Jack Black had passed away. Harrison's hack, while no less serious, at least ended on a more humorous note.

As detailed in the report, the hacker advertised his presence by altering Harrison's Twitter bio. Asking Harrison to follow him, he wrote, "shoot me a DM. I’ll help you secure your accounts :) I don’t want to cause you any harm, bud." Quickly apprised of the fact that his target died 15 years ago, he tweeted an apology through Harrison's account, writing, "YO F--- IM SO SORRY I ACTUALLY DIDN'T KNOW.. WELL S---.. IVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK. MY BAD PPL."

The Daily Beast conducted an interview with someone claiming to be the hacker, and he claimed to be offering a public service to celebrities who might be unaware of their own online vulnerability.

"It’s famous musicians and artists at risk," he told the Beast. "If you’re a celebrity, you should change your password immediately. Literally everyone should just create a new email, think of a new password and do it for every account."

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