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WBAP Announces Death of George H.W. Bush, Quickly Realizes He's Not Actually Dead [Updated]

George H.W. Bush, the country's 41st president, has been in a Houston hospital for more than a month now, undergoing treatment for complications from a serious case of bronchitis. The 88-year-old was checked into intensive care on Wednesday "following a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever."

It was during his stay in the ICU that local radio station WBAP apparently got word that he had died and dispatched a breaking news bulletin via email announcing that Bush had died. Liberally Lean has a screenshot.

That's a bit embarrassing since Bush Sr. remains very much alive. His spokesman told the Associated Press this morning to "put the harps back in the closet," as the former president does not plan on going anywhere.

WBAP quickly realized its error and sent another message.

"A message erroneously reporting the death of President George H.W. Bush was sent out moments ago by WBAP News," it said. "Mr. Bush has not passed away. We sincerely apologize for this error."

News director Rick Hadley forwarded questions about the slip to Dan Bennett, market manager for Cumulus media. We've left a message.