Veteran actor Kirk Douglas is celebrating his 98th birthday next week, but it appears that People Magazine already reporting about his death in an obituary that the news outlet published online.
The obituary was dated September 29, 2014, but the posting date was not determined. The piece had a “DO NOT PUB” in the headline, signifying that the publishing of the obituary was a grave mistake. The piece read: “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. He was 97 (DOB 12/9/1916) and had been in good health despite having suffered a debilitating 1996 stroke that rendered his speech difficult.”
“The announcement of my death is premature,” said the veteran actor in a recent interview with USA Today. “I’m looking forward to turning 98 next week.”
— London Free Press (@LFPress) December 1, 2014
The veteran Spartacus star and father of Michael Douglas is releasing a book in celebration of his birthday. His eleventh book, Life Could Be Verse, features poems and stories that he has accumulated over the years.
After starring in his first picture back in 1946, Douglas became a bonafide Hollywood star thanks to his popular roles in films like Lust for Life and Champion. He is considered to be one of Hollywood’s finest actors and was nominated for the Academy Awards thrice. Despite the fact that he never won, Steven Spielberg presented Douglas with an Oscar lifetime award for his contributions in the industry.
News outlets typically write advance obituaries of known personalities that would be instantly published once these celebrities eventually reach the end of their lives. Back in 2008, Bloomberg made the same mistake when they published the obituary of Steve Jobs three years before his passing.