Berlin,Dec 30: Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel mistakenly published an obituary on Sunday for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, hours after a family spokesman said the 88-year-old was recovering from illness.
Mr. Bush was hospitalised in Houston on November 23, 2012 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough and moved to intensive care on December 23 after he developed a fever. On Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said Mr. Bush was moved out of intensive care into a regular hospital room again after his condition improved.
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 Mr. Bush as “a colourless politician” whose image only improved when it was compared to the later presidency of his son, George W. Bush.
“All newsrooms prepare obituaries for selected figures,” the magazine said on its Twitter feed. “The fact that the one for Bush senior went live was a technical mistake. Sorry!”