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Gossip columnist Liz Smith reported the death of writer Nora Ephron “hours” before it happened, the New York Times noted.

Smith, a friend of Ephron’s, told the New York Times that her error in reporting the death early online was a “classic mistake” because she ‘thought Nora was dead and I didn’t want to bother the family.”

The wrong report was unpublished, and Ephron did later die. Smith noted that  “If I had an editor or a publisher, maybe I wouldn’t have done it.”

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Liz Smith: ‘If I Had An Editor or a Publisher, Maybe I Wouldn’t have’ reported Nora Ephron’s Death ‘Hours’ Before it happened

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