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Kirk Douglas obituary mistakenly published by People

The article was dated September 29, but it is unclear when it was actually published.

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Annie Martin
People magazine accidentally published an obituary for Kirk Douglas on its website, People.com. UPI/Jim Ruymen
People magazine accidentally published an obituary for Kirk Douglas on its website, People.com. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- People magazine mistakenly published an obituary for Kirk Douglas on its website, People.com.

The 97-year-old actor is still living, and readers began to notice the mistake Sunday. The headline included the words "DO NOT PUB," and while the time stamp read 3 p.m. ET on Monday, September 29, it is unclear when the piece was actually published.

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The article has since been removed, and links to the obituary redirect to the People.com homepage.

It is common practice for news outlets to pre-write obituaries and add in pertinent information -- "TK" for "to come" -- after the person's death. Douglas will celebrate his 98th birthday December 9, and last appeared on film in Illusion in 2004.

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