Actress Tanya Roberts, who appeared as a geologist in the James Bond film A View To A Kill, was reported to be alive, 24 hours after media organisations around the world wrongly reported her demise. But she is not the first person to be mistakenly written off.
Tanya Roberts’ agent, Mike Pingel, and her partner Lance O’Brien were left red-faced after they were forced to admit the 65-year-old actress was still alive.
Pingel told Variety Mr O’Brien had mistakenly told him she had died in Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after collapsing on Christmas Eve.
Mr O’Brien was being interviewed about Roberts when he received a call from the hospital and could be heard saying: “Now, you are telling me she’s alive?”
Roberts – who was born Victoria Leigh Blum – starred in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill with Roger Moore and Grace Jones.
She remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit but TMZ reported she finally passed away on Monday night.
So who else has been wrongly killed off by the press?
‘Chemical Ali’ Ali Hassan al-Majid, Iraqi Defence Minister
This designated Saddam Hussein as the “ace of spades” and listed a number of other top Baath Party officials.
The “king of spades” was Ali Hasan al-Majid, who was nicknamed “Chemical Ali” by the British and American press…