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Actor Kirk Douglas points to the dimple on his chin on a portrait as he arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's fundraiser honoring the actor with the inaugural Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, Sunday, July 30, 2006 in Goleta, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
Actor Michael Douglas, right, introduces his father, honoree Kirk Douglas at the "Children At Heart" gala dinner at Pier Sixty on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Jessica Lange speaks onstage at the 2014 Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film Honoring Jessica Lange on Sunday, Nov 16, 2014, in Goleta, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor Kirk Douglas arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party on Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
This Friday, June 22, 2012 photo released by HBO shows actor Kirk Douglas, left, with host Bill Maher as he promots his memoir "I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist," on the HBO series "Real Time with Bill Maher," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Janet Van Ham)
Kirk Douglas, right, and Anne Douglas arrive at the The Heart Foundation event in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 10, 2012. The Heart Foundation is an organization that raises funds and builds awareness about heart disease. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Michael Douglas, right, introduces his father, honoree Kirk Douglas at the "Children At Hope" gala dinner at Pier Sixty on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Honoree actor Kirk Douglas, left, poses with his son actor Michael Douglas and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones at the "Children At Hope" gala dinner at Pier Sixty on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor Michael Douglas, right, introduces his father, honoree Kirk Douglas at the "Children At Heart" gala dinner at Pier Sixty on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
** EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST ** Actor Kirk Douglas, center, is seen backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
** EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST ** Actress Melissa Leo accepts the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for "The Fighter" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. At left is presenter Kirk Douglas. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actor Kirk Douglas presents the award for best supporting actress during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Kirk Douglas, left, presents the award for best supporting actress with Omar Sharif Jr., grandson of Academy Award nominee Omar Sharif, during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kirk Douglas, right, presents Melissa Leo with the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for "The Fighter" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Veteran actor Kirk Douglas is interviewed by director Quentin Tarantino at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
Kirk Douglas, Hollywood actor, left, and Marc Lawrence, also of Hollywood, are shown in Italy, Nov. 1952. They are seen here on the Naples waterfront with the Vesuvius in the background. Kirk Douglas is making a film in Israel and will soon start a new one in France. Lawrence has become a regular Italian actor in films in which he is cast as a tough guy. (AP Photo/Ugo Sarto)
Kirk Douglas alights from a plane at LaGuardia field with his Children, Michael (4) and Joel (1,1/20, waving, after completing his starring role in ?My Dear Secretary? with Laraine Day and Keenan Wynn. He?ll stay in New York on Thursday and tomorrow and then fly back to start his next picture, ?Champion,? Lardner?s famous story which will being shooting in October. (AP Photo)
From left, actor Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas arrive at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party on Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Michael Douglas, Anne Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kirk Douglas arrive to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 37th Chaplin Award Gala honoring Michael Douglas in New York, Monday, May 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Director Quentin Taratino poses with actor Kirk Douglas following receipt of the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
Kirk Douglas, right, and Anne Buydens arrive at the taping of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards honoring Michael Douglas in Culver City, Calif. on Thursday, June 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
From left, Michael Douglas, Anne Buydens, Kirk Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones pose together at the taping of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards honoring Michael Douglas in Culver City, Calif. on Thursday, June 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Ed Harris, left, and actor Kirk Douglas pose for a photograph with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Phil Klein)
Hosts Kirk Douglas, left, and Anne Douglas, rear, help serve the Los Angeles Mission and Anne Douglas Center's Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
** RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP ** Actor Kirk Douglas tries-out a playground slide at Lillian Elementary School in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 28, 2008, after he and his wife donated their 400th playground renovation to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The 91-year-old Douglas and his wife Anne have donated a renovation a week over an 11-year period beginning in 1997. The couple provides a grant of $25,000 per playground, with the school's parents or supporters matching the amount in money or services. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Kirk Douglas is pictured during an event to celebrate his 400th playground dedication at Lillian Elementary in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kirk Douglas, left, is hugged by California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger at Lillian Elementary School in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 28, 2008.The 91-year-old actor, and his wife, Anne, have donated a renovation a week over an 11-year period beginning in 1997. The couple provides a grant of $25,000 per playground, with the school's parents or supporters matching the amount in money or services. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor Kirk Douglas is shown in March 1992 in Los Angles, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Star Kirk Douglas is shown attending the Hollywood premiere of film "Ace in the Hole" with Irene Wrightman in an this 1951 photo. Douglas's movie role of an unscrupulous reporter from New York who ends up on an Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)
Actor Kirk Douglas at awards ceremony in an undated photo. Original caption information is no longer available. (AP Photo)
Actor John Travolta, right, stands with fellow actor Kirk Douglas following the presentation of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Travolta, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007 in Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
Actor Kirk Douglas arrives at AFI's 40th Anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Michael Douglas, right, talks to his father, Kirk Douglas, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kirk Douglas' wife Anne Buydens, left, during the semifinal match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and David Ferrer of Spain at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Kirk Douglas, right, and Anne Buydens arrive at the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award event honoring Al Pacino in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Kirk Douglas accepts the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's inaugural Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, Sunday, July 30, 2006 in Goleta, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
Jack Valenti, president emeritus of the Motion Picture Association of America, middle, pauses for a photo with actors Kirk Douglas, left, and Michael Douglas, right, after placing his hands and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
From left, Kirk and Anne Douglas pose with former President George Bush and Barbara Bush at a gala 20th anniversary fundraising event saluting Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, in Indian Wells, Calif. Mrs. Ford was joined by four former first ladies and two former presidents at the gala. President and Mrs. George W. Bush sent a videotaped tribute. Some 600 guests raised $1.6 million for financial assistance for patients who cannot afford to pay for treatment. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Actors Kirk Douglas and son, Michael, shout out the title "Chicago" as the best picture of the year at the 75th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 23, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actor Kirk Douglas, right, a cast member in the new film "It Runs in the Family," embraces his grandson and fellow cast member Cameron Douglas at a special screening of the film in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Monday, April 7, 2003. Cameron is the son of actor Michael Douglas, who produced and also acted in the film. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actors Michael Douglas, left, and his father, Kirk, pose for a photograph at the senior Douglas' home in Beverly Hills, Calif., April 7, 2003. They star together for the first time in "It Runs In the Family," playing a perpetually bickering father and son. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jack Valenti, President Emeritus of the Motion Picture Association of America and new head of the MPAA Ratings Board, left, smiles after placing his hands in cement at Graumans Chinese Theatre, Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, as longtime friend, actor Kirk Douglas, looks on. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Actor Kirk Douglas acknowleges the crowd after taking his turn at the hole-in-one contest at the Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament for charity at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, Calif., Sunday, June 30, 2002. (AP Photo/Jill Connelly)
President Bush, left, talks with actor and producer Kirk Douglas, center, as first lady Laura Bush, right, looks on during the National Endowment for the Arts National Medal of Arts Awards ceremonies at Constitution Hall, Monday April 22, 2002, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Kirk Douglas, center, and his wife, Anne, arrive at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education meeting where they are to be honored for funding new playgrounds for the school district, Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in Los Angeles. The Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Award provides grants of up to $25,000 to LAUSD schools that present a vision and a plan to improve and enhance their playgrounds. Schools may apply for as many as two grants. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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BY BRYNN MANNINO

Legendary Hollywood actor, producer and author Kirk Douglas, who turns 98 next week on Dec. 9, is still alive and well, contrary to reports of his death, which began circulating online Sunday night after People magazine reportedly posted his pre-written obit on their website.

The headline read, "DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies," followed by:

"Kirk Douglas, one of the few genuine box-office names to emerge just as TV was overtaking American culture in the years right after World War II, died TK TK TK." ("TK" refers to copy "to come.")

"He was 97 (DOB 12/9/1916) and had been in good health despite having suffered a debilitating 1996 stroke that rendered his speech difficult," the article continued.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the obit had a Sept. 29 timestamp on it, possibly when People prepared it, though it's not clear when the piece was first published. Gawker noted that People has a habit of backdating "DO NOT PUB" pieces.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the article went on to include Douglas' accomplishments, including two photos and a clip from his 1956 Vincent Van Gogh biopic 'Lust for Life.' Business Insider has some choice excerpts.

The obit was removed after links to it began circulating on social media and, according to Variety, Bloomberg quickly posted a retraction and apologized for the mistake, while neither People magazine's editors nor Douglas' reps have responded, Variety also notes.


Whether this was a technical error or the mistake of an editor who potentially mistook another trending Kirk Douglas story this past weekend (ETOnline.com released a well-received interview between Kirk and his son Michael), we may never know.

Watch ET's interview here:

Watch Michael Douglas Sneak Up On His Legendary Dad
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