While millions of Venezuelans and the rest of the world started to mourn the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the cyberworld abounded with jokes and memes about the 58-year-old leader who died of cancer on Tuesday.
Twitter had a mixture of Chavez jokes but included as well admonitions from other members that it is not a time to make light of the situation. There were also a number of memes and cartoons about the deceased president but these appeared to have been made a few months back as few referred to his ailment or death but centred on his long authoritarian rule in the largest oil-exporting country in the world.
Reports said that even in Venezuela, Mr Chavez's death was met with mixed emotions as his followers mourned while opponents celebrated.
Even in his death, the former military man casts a long shadow as proven by his choice of successor, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who is temporarily heading the Venezuelan government until an election is held in the next 30 days, despite the constitutional provision that the interim leader should be the head of the National Assembly.
In the eyes of his followers, the 58-year-old president will always remain their hero.
However, to some Venezuelans, he was the national leader responsible for inflated prices of many basic commodities even if the country churned out a lot of oil.
Mr Chavez was notorious for standing up against leaders of the Western nations, including U.S. President Barack Obama whom he alluded to as the devil when the former visited Venezuela. Their eventual handshake which indicated a healing of relationship was spoofed by Photoshop experts.
although one cartoonist saw Mr Obama as no different from Mr Chavez and other national leaders labeled as dictators.
Thus, it is not a surprise that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was one of the first world leaders to pay a tribute to his fallen comrade. He said the tribute is to show the deep affection and admiration for Mr Chavez who is the leader of the Bolivarian revolution.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called for a minute of silence when she spoke at the 11th National Congress of Agricultural Workers in honor of Mr Chavez, whom she said is a friend of Brazil.
Newspapers and TV stations also did their own take on Mr Chavez's life.
It was a different story in Twitter as tweetizens made light of the Venezuelan president's death.
Here are some samples of the recent tweets:
@DangerGuerrero said Mr Chavez's last words were: "Please - PLEASE - don't go on Twitter and make a bunch of hacky jokes about me when I die."
@ThisIsStephobia wrote, "Hugo Chavez is not dead. Just saw him protesting with the Tibetan's in Union Square. (Tap, tap) Too soon to make unrealistic Hugo Chavez jokes?"
@mttbry added, "The only downside to Hugo Chavez dying is that I wasn't on Twitter when it happened so all the good jokes are taken."
Thus, leading @johnwardbrocato to tweet, "swears off Twitter for 72 hours to avoid the tsunami of Hugo Chavez 'jokes.'"
@EddieAlfano appeared to be rebuking Twitter members when he warned: "Those Hugo Chavez jokes are not the least but funny, you idiots. You shouldn't make dumb jokes when a legendary boxer passes away."
For Twitter members drowning from Hugo Chavez jokes, @Rayke has this advice: "Turn off your phone right now and save yourself from terrible Hugo Chavez jokes for the rest of the day."