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Kirk Douglas, 97: ‘People’ Magazine Accidentally Publishes Obituary

Tue, December 2, 2014 10:25am EDT by 2 Comments
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Talk about embarrassing — People magazine preemptively released an advance obituary for Kirk Douglas. Yikes! But no worries, the seasoned actor is still alive and well and is planning on celebrating a big birthday next week!

People magazine had quite the mishap on Nov.30 that sent Twitter into a frenzy. The magazine published an obituary for Kirk Douglas, 97. The problem? The acclaimed actor is not dead!

Kirk Douglas: Legendary Actor Is Still Alive

How many people can say they’ve had a sneak preview of their obituary before? Well, now Kirk Douglas can!

Twitter users went into an uproar on Nov.30, after a pre-written obituary for Kirk was found on the site. There was a large headline “DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies” that accompanied the article. Although the post is dated back to Sept. 29, 2014, it’s still unclear when it was originally published.

Hey, at least it was a very well written and thoughtful obituary that highlighted the actors life and career, there was just a few missing pieces — like cause of death!

“Kirk Douglas, one of the few genuine box-office names to emerge just as TV was overtaking American culture in the years right after World War II, died TK TK TK,” the obituary stated. (“TK TK TK” is journalistic shorthand for facts that have yet to come.)

But before you drag them through the mud, it’s a common practice for media outlets to pre-write obituaries, but unfortunately for People magazine, they jumped the gun a bit too soon.

Twitter Users React To The Premature Obituary

People magazine has since removed the obituary from the website, but you can still read the actual article on Twitter, as people are not letting People forget about their mix-up:

What do you think, HollywoodLifers, should People.com issue an apology to the senior actor? Let us know.

— Brittany King

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