CBS Publishes an Obituary For the Very Alive Barbara Bush

On Sunday afternoon CBS erroneously published an obituary for Barbara Bush, who is alive. Earlier in the day her family announced her health was failing.

The headline of the story was “DO NOT PUBLISH – Former first lady Barbara Bush d*es at age 92 DO NOT PUBLISH.” CBSNews.com published the story briefly.

CBS Publishes an Obituary For the Very Alive Barbara Bush

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Per CBS News:

The first lines of the story read, “Barbara Bush, the witty, gregarious matriarch of a political dynasty that propelled two of its members to the White House and dominated Republican politics for decades, has died after a series of recent hospitalizations. She was 92. A Bush family spokesman said Bush passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones.”

News organizations often prepare obituaries for prominent people in advance so they will have them ready when needed. There have been several cases of such stories being prematurely published in the past, commonly by accident. Premature obituaries have been published for financier George Soros, Apple founder Steve Jobs, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Pope John Paul II and Barbara Bush’s husband, former President George H.W. Bush, according to The Guardian.

A family spokesman had announced earlier Sunday that Barbara Bush, who has undergone a series of recent hospitalizations, had decided not to seek additional medical treatment and instead seek comfort care at home.

Bush, 92, served as first lady during her husband’s term from 1989-1993 and is the mother of former President George W. Bush. She has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, reported CNN.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Bush family during this tough time.

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