People Magazine Publishes Kirk Douglas’ Pre-Written Obituary

People Magazine Publishes Kirk Douglas' Pre-Written

People Magazine accidentally published its pre-written obituary for Kirk Douglas on Sunday night.

It’s not uncommon for major publications to write their elaborate obituaries in advance, and People Magazine clearly didn’t mean to run the story as evident from the “DO NOT PUB” in the headline.

Still, “Spartacus” and his family members can’t be happy.

Douglas, who turns 98 next week, isn’t the first celebrity ‘death’ botched by People.

In 1982, Abe Vigoda was erroneously referred to as “the late Abe Vigoda” in People Magazine, which became a running joke about Vigoda on talk shows like “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Vigoda is, of course, still alive.

Bloomberg made a similar obituary gaffe when it published news of Steve Jobs’ death in 2008 three years before the Apple co-founder’s actually passing in 2011.

The editors of Bloomberg quickly posted a retraction and apologized for the mistake.

So far, no mea culpa from People Magazine’s editors.

Douglas’ reps could not be reached for comment.

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  1. Rumors are flying that you’ve got me dying! what the heck?

  2. cadavra says:

    Kirk Douglas can’t die! He’s too tough to kill!

  3. John Shea says:

    He can quote Mark Twain now.

  4. Mer Luchador says:

    Amateur Hacks!
    call me superstitious but I hope he doesn’t keel over THIS WEEK.

  5. peck lakeet says:

    Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry???

  6. Nanny Mo says:

    He’ll make it to 100! Just to spite the Romans and the Dictators! RIP Kirk, still watch and love Spartacus. (and thanks for the autograph all those years ago on the street, you were classy then and you’re classy now.)

  7. Doug Deaton says:

    Someone should be looking for a new job….YESTERDAY! How ignorant and stupid can you get? Knowing that Mr. Douglas has a great sense of humor, I would wait for a follow up.

  8. It is no wonder that some people don’t like to read the newspaper. The person who wrote the obituary should have be more thought in the obituary before releasing it. I don’t blame the Douglas family for being angry. Who will believe anything in the newspaper which is fact or fiction.

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