A 'sick' prankster hacked into a man's Facebook account to tell everyone he had died. In fact, he was having a routine hospital operation in Kent.
Rod Smith and his family were shocked when they heard someone had hacked into his account while he was having one of his testicles removed at Maidstone Hospital.
The hacker updated his Facebook status to read: "Unfortunately Rod died this afternoon due to complications during an operation at Maidstone Hospital".
Smith's parents were inundated with calls from concerned loved ones and friends.
Luckily, they had already been informed by the hospital that he was recovering well following the operation.
Smith from West Peckham, said: "When my dad came to pick me up he looked like he had been bawling his eyes out. It is so sick that someone could do that. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it."
The 45-year-old was more concerned with the impact the prank had on his parents.
Smith said: "It's not the sort of thing you want at their age with people ringing up and asking - is it true?
"It's bang out of order. It would have been devastating for my children if they had seen it."
He removed the sickening post before his children could read it.
His mother Ann, 63, said: "I was furious. Rod's best friend was so upset because he thought it was true. It is sick the depths that some people will go to.
"It was the last thing I needed as everyone rang up to see if it was true. If I could get my hands on whoever did this, their lives would not be worth living."
Kent Police were informed about the incident and advised Smith to contact Facebook to help track down the culprit.
"I don't know who would have done this. That's why I can't be bothered with Facebook, it's pathetic," Smith added.