CBS News accidentally publishes obituary for former first lady Barbara Bush

CBS News accidentally publishes obituary for former first lady Barbara Bush
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In every online news editor's worst nightmare, someone at CBS News appears to have pushed the publish button a little too soon on an obiturary for Barbara Bush.

On Sunday afternoon the American news outlet jumped the gun by publishing the obituary of the wife of 41st President of the United States George HW Bush. 

The premature news story came in the wake of an announcement the former first lady was in declining health. 

Despite a headline reading "Do Not Publish" the story ran anyway and was taken down shortly after.

"Barbara Bush, the witty, gregarious matriarch of a political dynasty that propelled two of its members to the White House and dominated Republican politics for decades, has died after a series of recent hospitalisations," the story read.

It's not uncommon for new outlets to have obituaries ready in advance for celebrities in ill-health.

This is not the first mistake of its kind - a number of celebrities, including Apple founder Steve Jobs and Pope John Paul II, have had obituaries published prematurely. 

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