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.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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