comScore CNN Kills Off the Very-Much-Alive Pelé; Quickly Retracts

CNN Kills Off the Very-Much-Alive Pelé; Quickly Retracts

The legendary footballer Pelé is very much alive and well (and scheduled to be a guest on The Daily Show next week), but this morning CNN reported that he passed away today at the age of 73. This, however, turned out to be false and CNN had to quickly retract the report.

CNN morning show New Day sent out a tweet this morning reading “#BREAKING: Brazilian former soccer player Pele dies at 74.” The death report appears to have just been a rumor and nothing more, and after reporting it CNN quickly retracted it.

Here’s the tweet in question, captured by Circa editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa.

CNN removed the tweet and sent out a bunch of tweets apologizing for the error.

CNN International reporter Isa Soares scolded whoever made up the rumor in the first place, and got into a Twitter spat with De Rosa over CNN reporting it in the first place.

[h/t Fusion]

[photo via Agéncia Brasil]

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