German magazine mistakenly publishes George HW Bush obit

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’.