France’s public RFI radio on Monday apologized for mistakenly posting obituaries for a number of celebrities who are still very much alive, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Brazilian soccer hero Pele.
Citing a “technical problem” that led to the obituaries being published on its website on Monday, the broadcaster said: “We apologize to those affected and to you who follow us and trust us.
“We are mobilizing to fix this big mistake,” said RFI’s Twitter account, which saw itself as the target of many online ridicules for the mistake.
Other RFI pronounced dead were Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, former US President Jimmy Carter, Cuban leader Raul Castro, actors Clint Eastwood, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot – all in their eighties and nineties.
The French business mogul Bernard Tapie (77), whose obituary had been prematurely published by other news agencies at least twice before, was also on the RFI list.
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