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'Thatcher Has Died' —But Not That Thatcher

Canadian official's cat dies, setting off a diplomatic snafu
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2009 10:39 AM CST
'Thatcher Has Died' —But Not That Thatcher
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who is alive and well.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – When a Canadian official's beloved cat died, he texted a friend with the sad news: "Thatcher has died." See where this is going? That friend happened to be at a diplomatic dinner, and next thing you know, word had spread lickety-split that Margaret Thatcher had passed away. Canadian PM Stephen Harper was informed, and the government placed calls to confused officials in Britain, reports the BBC.

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"If the cat wasn't dead, I'd have killed it by now," said an aide to Harper, who had already started to prepare a letter of condolence. (Read more Margaret Thatcher stories.)

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