Maybe we shouldn’t leave these important announcements to nonagenarians.
Sven-Olof Svensson, 81, was feeling unwell and admitted to a hospital in southern Sweden on Christmas Eve, TheLocal.se reported.
His sister, 90, called the hospital to check on her brother and got the impression from a doctor that Svensson had died.
Svensson’s sister then wrote an obituary which was published in the the local Jonkopings-Posten newspaper on New Year’s Eve.
The mistake was realized when Svensson’s friend Lars Faltskog showed up to the hospital on Jan. 3 to collect Svensson’s belongings and found him alive and on the mend in a hospital bed.
One of the most famous cases of a premature obituary is that of another Swede, Alfred Nobel, which caused him to reflect on his legacy and started his work with the Nobel prize.