As the world awoke Monday to the tragic news of David Bowie’s death, it also awoke to one ill-timed New York Times column.
“It’s a good time to be David Bowie,” the lede in one of the newspaper’s columns read the morning after Bowie’s passing. “He just celebrated his 69th birthday, released an album, ‘Blackstar,’ and has a show ‘Lazarus’ running Off Broadway. Now he is to be honored at Carnegie Hall.”
Page C3 of today's NYT in print: "It's a good time to be David Bowie." pic.twitter.com/XZviPXDgLH
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 11, 2016
The article was also published online but that version was updated around 2 a.m. to include news of the entertainer’s death. Monday’s print edition, however, was already on its way to circulation.
The Times wasn’t the only major newspaper to run an ill-timed story on Bowie. The Chicago Tribune published an article over the weekend under the headline “Bowie Finds His Future,” hours before the legendary singer’s passing.
The Tribune later updated the online version of its article, which now reads, “Review: Haunting ‘Black Star’ Adds to Bowie Legacy.”
Bowie “died peacefully” Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.