Over the next 24 hours, the tweet was widely circulated on Twitter, with many expressing sympathy for the grandfather.
On March 17th, Harmon posted a tweet announcing that her grandfather is “OK” and asked readers to stop sending “death threats” to her cousins (shown below).
Meanwhile, the grandson Brock Harmon tweeted a photograph of himself eating a burger with Papaw (shown below).
“So I sit down and get a plate, but he waits because he wanted to make sure everyone else got plenty. Well about 30 minutes pass and he decides he’ll eat just one. An hour goes by and nobody shows. I could tell he was disappointed, but I made sure to stick around and hang out with him. We had a really great time.”
In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about the viral tweet, including The Daily Dot, NY Daily News and NY Mag.