People.com Erroneously Publishes Kirk Douglas’s Obituary, The STAR IS ALIVE,Turns 98 On December 9, Highlight Hollywood News
The website currently features a story about the legendary actor that was obviously not meant to publish.
Under the headline “DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies,” the article reads:
“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.”
(“TK” is journalistic shorthand for “to come.”)
The article continues with more details about Douglas’ life and accomplishments, including two photos and a clip from his 1956 Vincent Van Gogh biopic Lust for Life. The actor turns 98 on Dec. 9.
It’s unclear when the story was published: The timestamp reads 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 29, but it’s unable to ascertain whether the article has actually been online for two months.
It’s a common practice for media outlets to pre-write obituaries. During Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears’ downfalls, and even Amanda Bynes, it’s common knowledge that most major publications have their obits typed up. But, whew, don’t hit the publish button, please!