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Call it Obiticide

From one of our regular readers, a link to the Regret the Error site:

To the Dearly (not) Departed:
We call it "obiticide" - death by media. What follows are some of the people prematurely declared dead by the press this year.
International Herald Tribune:
An article in some copies Monday erroneously included President Vladimir Putin among major Russian figures who died recently.
Toronto Star:
Wednesday's story about Canada's Walk of Fame inductees incorrectly referred to "the late Morley Safer." Safer is alive and continues to file stories as a 60 Minutes correspondent. The Star regrets the error.
Los Angeles Times:
Joss Stone: An article in Tuesday's Calendar section on British singer Joss Stone referred to musician and DJ Johnny Otis as "the late bandleader." Otis is 85 and living in Northern California. The article also described songwriter-producer Lamont Dozier as a "Philly soul icon." Dozier was a key member of the Motown Records hit-making team in Detroit.
Washington Post:
A Feb. 12 Metro article incorrectly reported that the parents of a teenager killed Saturday while fleeing D.C. police are deceased. Both parents of Kevin Thomas, 17, are alive.
Los Angeles Times:
Pelosi's celebration: An article in Section A on Thursday about new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) referred to "the late" Rep. Lindy Boggs. Boggs is alive.
Bloomfield Free Press:
Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." In this week's edition of the Bloomfield Free Press, we mistakenly listed former body shop owner Earl Haywood as being deceased.
After speaking with Mr. Haywood on the telephone this afternoon, it is obvious that he is anything but. The Bloomfield Free Press mistakenly confused him with another Earl Haywood - a former Bloomfield Town Councilman - who passed away last summer. Our apologies, and the wishes that Mr. Haywood is with us for years to come.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 13, 2007; 4:20 PM ET
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They mean Vigodaing, don't they?

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