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The Nashville Tennessean yesterday reported the death of Slim Whitman, the country-western singer best known for his yodeling technique on songs such as "Indian Love Call" and "I Remember You." His version of the former was credited with saving earth in director Tim Burton's film "Mars Attacks!" (1996).

The paper then retracted the story, and the reporter noted in an e-mail: "There was a misunderstanding on our end."

Whitman turned 84 on Jan. 20.

As an editor once said, "It doesn't matter how well-written the story is. You're gonna get lots of complaints if the person is not dead."

By Adam Bernstein |  January 22, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  | Category:  Adam Bernstein
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I have a feeling Slim might have been Vigodaed because someone with a very similar name just died: Canadian sportscaster Don Wittman.

This has been a horrible year already - Suzanne Pleshette, Mr. Wittman, Heath Ledger, Sir Edmund Hillary, etc., etc., etc. and it's only the 22nd of January.

Posted by: Charlene | January 22, 2008 6:10 PM

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