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Twitter Mocks USA Today for Reporting on Cormac McCarthy Death Hoax

USA Today is frantically walking things back after erroneously reporting the death of one of America’s most esteemed novelists and playwrights.

Cormac McCarthy, known for writing Blood Meridian, The Road, and No Country for Old Men, was said to have died from a stroke according to these now-deleted tweets.

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The rumor seems to have originated from a Twitter account that Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti used to impersonate publisher Alfred A. Knopf.

Approximately 15 minutes after the initial tweet went up, USA Today put up new tweets conceding that they jumped the gun.

Of course, the Internet is eternal, and the original tweet was up long enough for people to poke fun of it.

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