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Joni Mitchell alive and ‘well’ after People magazine mistakenly posts obituary Print-ready version

by Alexandra Steigrad
New York Post
October 7, 2022

People magazine briefly published an obituary Friday for Joni Mitchell on its website - sparking panic on social media over the fate of the legendary musician before the gaffe was fixed.

The obit for the alive-and-"well" 78-year-old folk icon included a brief biography of the "Cactus Tree" singer's life, as well as "TK's" - a placeholder for missing information that means "to come" - for her age at her time of death.

It is customary in journalism to pre-write the obituaries of well-known people in order to publish the information as quickly as possible.

In this case, People jumped the gun, scrambling to take down its obit titled "Joni Mitchell Dies at TK AGE."

A rep for People told The Post: " inadvertently published a pre-written story earlier today incorrectly referencing the passing of Joni Mitchell. The post has been removed. We apologize for the error."

Over the summer, Mitchell returned to the stage for the first time since suffering a debilitating brain aneurysm that temporarily left her unable to walk or talk.

The 10-time Grammy winner thrilled fans as she performed more than a dozen of her hit tracks at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July - seven years after the life-threatening health emergency.

"I can confirm all is well so this was done in error," a representative for music company Rhino, which is working with Mitchell, told The Post on Friday.

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