People magazine accidentally published Kirk Douglas’ obituary on November 30.
Under the headline “DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies,” People magazine accidently posted a pre-written tribute to the actor, who turns 98 on December 9.
The obituary, which sparked reaction on Twitter, has been since removed.
It is unclear whether the tribute, which had a date stamp of September 29, had been online for two months.
It 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.”
It is common for media outlets to write obituaries of celebrities or important figures in advance.
In 2008, Bloomberg made a similar mistake when it reported Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had died, three years before his actual death in 2011.