Rumor: George Soros is dead

An obituary for the investment guru was accidentally run by Reuters.

FALSE

George Soros is alive and well

Billionaire financier and liberal hero George Soros died briefly on the Internet pages of the Reuters news service on Thursday when the outlet printed an obituary for the 82-year-old Hungarian-American, under the headline "George Soros, enigmatic financier, liberal philanthropist dies at XX." Needless to say, Soros didn't die at "XX," or anywhere for that matter. He is very much alive.

CANNED OBITUARY

Reuters, like many news organizations, has some obituaries written in advance of a person's death, so as to publish the story quickly when needed. In this case, the story that wasn't meant to go live, did. Soros joins people including George H.W. Bush, Mark Twain, Russell Crowe and Miley Cyrus who have been announced incorrectly as dead by a news organization.

Many parts of what Soros was able to read in his own obituary were unlikely to have pleased him. Author Todd Eastham slammed the investment guru as "predatory" and a man who "argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions," before going on to highlight his alleged roles in causing chaos in financial markets. Other parts of the story, however, highlight Soros' wide-ranging —though liberally leaning — charity work, to paint a picture of a man both respected and hated.

Read a saved version of the obituary

REUTERS APOLOGIZES

On Thursday night, Reuters addressed the mistake with a post on its website, which reads: "Reuters erroneously published an advance obituary of financier and philanthropist George Soros. A spokesman for Soros said that the New York-based financier is alive and well. Reuters regrets the error."

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