“(sic)Today we have lost one of the most important and relevant people in our world. Rest in peace #NelsonMandela.”
His comments were retweeted 2 380 times.
Nadal later deleted his tweet upon finding out the real story and later tweeted:
“(sic) I had incorrect information and for now #NelsonMandela has not left us, I hope that he is with us for much longer; his actions will be with us for ever.”
The 94-year-old former state President was admitted to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning, suffering from a recurring lung infection and is receiving intensive care.
Doctors say that he is in a serious but stable condition.
His family are at his bedside, with his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arriving at the hospital on Monday afternoon.
Even CNN’s Piers Morgan posted false information of Mandela’s death, tweeting that he had passed away in his sleep overnight.