The New York Times clarifies how Patti Smith 'lived' through NY AIDS epidemic

The New York Times clarifies how Patti Smith "lived" through the New York AIDS epidemic

An article in some editions last Sunday about an exhibition of Patti Smith's photography at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, Conn., misstated the cause of death for Ms. Smith's husband, Fred Smith. It was heart failure, not cancer. The article also referred imprecisely to Ms. Smith's life in the 1980s. While ''she lived through the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in New York,'' she did so in the sense of living through that experience, which included the death of her friend Robert Mapplethorpe; she did not physically live in New York. (She lived outside Detroit during that decade.)

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman ( is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.


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