A draft version of an obituary of Sharon Osbourne was accidentally published on an American news website yesterday (11OCT04).

ABC NEWS mistakenly ran the incomplete story after an archived template being transferred to a new computer system somehow went live.

The obituary contained lots of blank spaces which were to be filled in at a later date. It began, "Sharon Osbourne, best known as the woman who saved Ozzy Osbourne from himself, XXX today of XXX. She was XX."

A spokesperson for ABC quickly apologised, "It was a regrettable mistake. We apologise to Mrs Osbourne, her family, friends and fans."

A friend of the fiery celebrity counters, "It's tasteless. Sharon has battled cancer and Ozzy had that terrible accident - this is quite close to home."

12/10/2004 13:51