New York Times acknowledges ‘Megadeath’ mistake in Jeff Hanneman obit

The New York Times

William Yardley’s May 3 obituary for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman now sports a correction that will make many metalheads happy:

An obituary on Saturday about the guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founder of the band Slayer, misspelled the name of one of the bands with which Slayer has toured. It is Megadeth, not Megadeath.

Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald says in an email that he wasn’t aware of any outcry from metalheads over the goof — Yardley realized his mistake and alerted the desk, he writes.

Correction: This post originally said the Facebook page for the book “Louder Than Hell” took partial credit for getting the typo corrected; “We took credit for setting the record straight re: the fact that Hanneman is NOT a Nazi sympathizer,” co-author Katherine Turman tells Poynter in an email.

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  • Mark Phillips

    Not taking credit for being first (not sure who was), but I tweeted the correction May 4 when I saw it in the print edition; took the Times until May 7 to correct. Again, not taking credit.