April 1 2005, 1:33 PM
The Rocky Mountain News erroneously reported this morning that Pope John Paul II had died. In an email bulletin sent at 11:30 a.m., the News declared:
BREAKING NEWS: Pope John Paul II dies at 84At about the same time, the News posted a large headline in its website: "Conflicting reports on pope's condition." Finally, at 1:02 p.m., another update declared "Pope clings to life." A few minutes later, it broadcast an email bulletin noting that "The Vatican has denied reports that Pope John Paul II has died."