TMZ is often the first outlet to break news, but that doesn’t mean the tabloid is always correct.
The latest example of running with a false story came on October 26 when they reported rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis died at age 87. Shortly after publishing their story, they issued a retraction that read as follows:
“Jerry Lee Lewis is not dead … as we previously reported.
We’re told the rock ‘n’ roll legend is alive, living in Memphis. Earlier today we were told by someone claiming to be Lewis’ rep that he had passed. That turned out not to be the case.
TMZ regrets the error.”
Of course, this is far from the first time they’ve reported an incorrect story, including falsely reporting a celebrity’s death. Here are four other times TMZ got the story wrong.