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Top 10: Exaggerated Deaths

The incorrect announcement of someone’s demise isn’t the preserve of the ‘fake news’ era

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Lived 1899-1961

The writer and his wife, Mary, endured plane crashes in successive days on a trip to Africa in 1954. The obituary writers got busy, but – although seriously injured – the couple survived both accidents. Hemingway then spent his recuperation gleefully reading a succession of printed tributes, presumably with his customary drink close to hand.

Though the Hemingways survived, Ernest was left with long-term pain
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ROBERT GRAVES

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