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News Outlets Retract False Reports of John Wooden’s Death

wooden06042010.jpgFamed former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was not dead yesterday, even though several media reports indicated otherwise.

Picking up on reports of Wooden’s passing, The Washington Post published this photo gallery on its website, with the headline “John Wooden Dies at 99.” Following official reports that Wooden was still alive, the Post changed its headline to “John Wooden Through the Years” and posted a disclaimer:

This gallery was incorrectly published with a headline saying that John Wooden had died. He is in the hospital, according to several published reports.

Says the Times:

It turns out, however, that as those reports surfaced, officials said that Mr. Wooden was still alive, although he was in “grave condition” at U.C.L.A. Medical Center. Marc Dellins, director of sports information, confirmed Mr. Wooden’s deteriorating condition, but on the wishes of the coach’s family, he would not comment further. KLTA-TV in Los Angeles reported that Mr. Wooden had not eaten in the past few days and was very ill.

Wooden, 99, was coach of the hyper-dominant UCLA men’s basketball team that won 10 NCAA championships in 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s, an unparalleled achievement. During his 27-year tenure at UCLA he accrued a record of 620-147.

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