A source more reliable than “Piers Norgan” — or even CNN’s Piers Morgan, for that matter — was the latest to declare former South African president Nelson Mandela dead. Germany’s Deutsche Welle published Mandela’s obituary earlier today on its website. Even after DW apologized and blamed “technical difficulties” for the error, the obituary was still available for perusal, maybe even by Mandela himself.


Pre-publishing death notices is not common practice yet, but George Soros was recently given the opportunity to read his own obituary thanks to Reuters.