IT WAS Mark Twain who was famously quoted as saying 'reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated' after an obituary was published.
Now it seems the Northern Rivers' resident political commentator Mungo McCallum has also found himself the subject of a premature obituary when the Twittersphere declared him dead yesterday.
Writer and columnist Anne Summers seems to be the source of the online rumour that sparked a flurry of tributes and media reports. However, it was quickly corrected with the hashtag #MungoLives.
As Michael J. Roddan wrote: "It took Jesus 3 days to come back from the dead. Mungo did it in 15 minutes."
Simon Thomsen had this insight: "For 20 years Mungo McCallum has been trying to stage a better comeback than John Howard. Today he achieved his life's ambition."
Mungo was not able to comment yesterday, but his wife Jenny said he was out and about at the fish and chip shop and rather amused by the whole episode.
"It's nice when people write nice things about you," Jenny said.
Mungo had an operation for throat cancer earlier this year and has a heart condition.