The maker of the popular game “Flappy Bird” tweeted over the weekend that he was removing the game because he just couldn’t take how popular it had become. He has now followed through, and that has ignited a firestorm on Twitter which has gotten so serious that people are actually tweeting death threats and making sick jokes that he has committed suicide.

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Flappy Bird creator said to have killed himself

Twitter user @sieraa95 tweeted that “Flappy Bird” creator Dong Nguyen was “found dead in his home with a gunshot wound in his head,” and that’s just one of the many tweets suggesting that he killed himself. However, it appears to be just a sick hoax. At least we hope it is. One Twitter user even suggested that seven others also killed themselves today because “Flappy Bird” was removed from the App Store—all over a game. Other Twitter users threatened Nguyen, like Bethany Mota, who actually said she would murder him if he removed it.

He hasn’t tweeted since Saturday when he said he would take the game down. Interestingly enough, he decided to take the game down just a day or so after it supposedly appeared on the Windows Phone store, although he said he didn’t make it for Windows Phone.

Nintendo said to have threatened “Flappy Bird” maker

Twitter user Nintendo News suggested that perhaps he was “scared” by the lawsuit the game maker filed over the game. However, Nintendo sent a statement to The Wall Street Journal denying that it had complained about “Flappy Bird.” A “source” had supposedly told the site Applen’Apps that Nintendo had complained and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had removed it from the App Store because of a copyright complaint.

Nguyen tweeted on Saturday that the removal had nothing to do with legal problems. He also said it “ruined his life.” Clearly he wasn’t expecting or wanting the success his game brought him.

iPhones with “Flappy Bird” a hot commodity

Of course now that the popular game is gone, many iPhone users are looking to capitalize on it by selling their handsets with the game preinstalled on them. Some are up for sale on eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) for as much as $100,000.