National Security Advisor Susan Rice, along with many others, mourned the loss of internationally acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe Tuesday.
"Despite the promise of the future, today is a somber day in Nigeria, as Chinua Achebe was laid to rest in his native village," Rice wrote on Twitter.
She added in a follow-up tweet, "A giant of African lit, he brought the Continent-and Nigeria, in particular-2 the world. His works left lasting impression on me & my gen."
US Natl Sec. Adv. Susan Rice laments death of #ChinuaAchebe. The problem? He died 2 years ago. (HT @LailaLalami) http://t.co/42V42YaaDe— Christian Christensen (@Christian Christensen) 1427119246.0
Only problem? Achebe didn't die Tuesday. The professor actually passed away at 82 on March 21, 2013.
Instead, much confusion was spread on social media when his New York Times obituary started to be shared at a high volume, leaving the impression to many that he had passed Tuesday.
Rice ultimately deleted her tweets and issued a retraction, noting the incident provided a "good reminder to read the fine print!"
Any occasion to remember the life & legacy of one of Africa’s greats, Chinua Achebe, is worth noting (+ a good reminder to read fine print!)— Susan Rice -Archived (@Susan Rice -Archived) 1427123774.0
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