Fox News apologises after incorrectly announcing sportsperson’s death
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 31, 2023 - 02:10AM
Baseball pro Frank Thomas was mistakenly identified as having passed away in a segment (Picture: Fox News)

Fox News issued a public apology after accidentally including former pro baseballer Frank Thomas in a tribute to celebrities who died in 2023.

During Friday morning’s edition of The Faulkner Focus, included a memorial segment andshowed footage of the 55-year-old former Chicago White Sox sportsman along with the caption: ‘Frank Thomas: 1968 — 2023.’

Among those left taken aback by the news was Thomas himself, took to X ,to confirm he was very much still alive.

He penned: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m very sorry my ex-employer Fox would be this irresponsible on National TV this morning.

‘Yes I’m alive and doing well. This blows my mind also.’

Anchor Julie Banderas later issued another public apology pointing out that the network had mistaken Thomas with a former player of the same name, who died in January this year aged 93.

She told viewers: ‘We need to issue a correction in the in memoriam feature that we showed just a few minutes ago, we misidentified the late Frank Thomas, the three-time All Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

‘The Frank Thomas we showed you was unfortunately also a former pro-baseball player. He is very much still alive. We apologise for that mistake.’

The White Sox legend is now 55 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, when he first appeared on the ballot.

After leaving Fox, Thomas has made appearances on Apple TV’s MLB coverage.  

Thomas has appeared in commercials for the testosterone boosting supplement Nugenix in the past, leading some fans to say ‘he’ll live until he’s 152.’