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German magazine mistakenly publishes George HW Bush obit

Last Updated: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:05

Washington: A respected German magazine has mistakenly published an obituary for former US president George HW Bush.

Der Spiegel published the obituary hours after a family spokesman said the 88-year-old was recovering from illness.

Bush was hospitalised in Houston November 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough and moved to intensive care on December 23 after he developed a fever.

According to the Huff Post, the unfinished obituary appeared on Der Spiegel`s website for only a few minutes on Sunday before it was spotted by Internet users and removed.

In it, the magazine`s New York correspondent described Bush as "a colourless politician" whose image only improved when it was compared to the later presidency of his son, George W Bush, the report said.

According to the report, the magazine apologised on Twitter, calling the publication of the obituary a ‘technical mistake’.


First Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:04

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