I was sorry to read about your death

Maybe we shouldn’t leave these important announcements to nonagenarians.

Swedish man surprised to read his own obituary in newspaper – UPI.com.

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.

A list of premature obituaries.

  1 comment for “I was sorry to read about your death

  1. January 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I keep wanting to misquote that misquote about Twain’s death (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_premature_obituaries#T) as “Reports of my death are gravely exaggerated.”

    Also, the ever-exciting story of Nobel not making a prize for mathematics because of a grudge over being cheated on with a mathematician is regrettably wrong: http://www.snopes.com/science/nobel.asp

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