SEATTLE - He's alive and well.
That's the correction from the Mayor's office in the City of Seattle after releasing an earlier statement of mourning for a former longtime employee.
That statement came in the form of an e-mail to the media just before 4 p.m. Thursday, proclaiming that newly-elected Mayor Ed Murray was mourning the "death of Jim Diers, the former Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director and community advocate."
It included a quote attributed to Mayor Murray, saying, "I'm very saddened by the death of Jim Diers. He was an innovator in bringing communities together and made a significant contribution to the foundation that makes Seattle special. His work with neighborhoods was passionate and progressive. His service to this city was unmeasurable. My thoughts go out to the Diers family. He will be missed."
Within a half-hour, the Mayor's office issued a correction stating simply, "The Mayor's office was mistakenly informed of the death of Jim Diers. He is alive and well."
The silver lining for Mr. Diers in this case may be that he got to hear those kinds words while still walking the earth.