In The Know

Hatch to Google: I’m not dead, here’s proof

Greg Nash

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the world to know he’s very much alive after a Google search results snafu had declared the 84-year-old Utah Republican dearly departed.

On Monday night, Hatch’s office pointed out the news of the senator’s “death” via the search engine. Pulling from a faulty Wikipedia entry, Google had declared that Hatch passed away last September: 

Matt Whitlock, Hatch’s spokesman, tells ITK, “When Sen. Hatch first heard of his passing he was quite alarmed. Having advanced four major bills last night he was surprised to hear that he may have been dead the whole time.”{mosads}

Hatch’s office tweeted out a proof of life series to make the case that their boss was far from expired.

Despite the evidence of a living, breathing Hatch, some couldn’t help but offer “condolences.”  

The seven-term senator, who’s retiring at the end of the year, remained committed to the job even in death, according to his office.  

Hatch was given a second chance at life by Tuesday morning, when the blunder declaring him kaput appeared to be fixed.

Whitlock added, “After both the senator and staff confirmed he was, in fact, alive and not a part of some kind of ‘Sixth Sense’ phenomenon, he had a good laugh and may have run several miles to celebrate.”

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