Oops! Mayor mourns ‘death’ of former city official … but there’s one problem

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray giving his first State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo: KCPQ-TV/Seattle)

SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray’s office put out a news release Thursday to say he was mourning the death of former Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director Jim Diers.

But Diers is not dead — or even sick.

In the first news release sent out Thursday afternoon, Murray said he was “very saddened by the death of Jim Diers. … His service to this city was unmeasurable. My thoughts go out to the Diers family. He will be missed.”

About 35 minutes later, the mayor’s office sent out a “CORRECTION!” to the news release.

“The Mayor’s office was mistakenly informed of the death of Jim Diers. He is alive and well.”

Diers must have been relieved to hear that.

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