This was anything but "Smooth."
A CBC radio host offered profuse apologies on Twitter Wednesday after he erroneously reported the death of Carlos Santana, the hitmaker behind songs such as "Oye Como Va" and "Maria Maria."
Chris Walker, the host of Kelowna, B.C.-based show "Daybreak South," tweeted that the guitarist was found dead in his car on Tuesday.
Walker admitted in a series of tweets, which have since been removed, that he received the information from a single source he trusted.
The report was soon put to rest by Santana's own daughter Stella, who tweeted as follows when news of the alleged death started to spread.
— STELLA (@stellibelli) September 30, 2015
And by Santana's own social media team.
From Team Santana: Carlos is alive and well and enjoying his morning! Thank you all for your concern, but the... http://t.co/YtS1Ry4c50— Carlos Santana (@SantanaCarlos) September 30, 2015
Walker later apologized for his tweets.
I unreservedly apologize for previous tweets regarding Carlos Santana. Wrong to rely on single source, and against CBC policy besides.— Chris Walker (@ChrisWalkerCBC) September 30, 2015
He tweeted at Stella directly with an offer to apologize in person. This is how she responded.
@ChrisWalkerCBC no need. best thing to do is stop talking about it and do better next time 🙏🏽— STELLA (@stellibelli) September 30, 2015
This isn't the first time that a Canadian journalist has erroneously reported a celebrity's death.
In 2010, then-Toronto Star reporter Damien Cox tweeted that a Leafs executive told him former coach Pat Burns had died after a cancer battle.
Burns later spoke with TSN journalist Bob McKenzie to confirm he was not, in fact, dead. The Stanley Cup-winning coach eventually passed away on Nov. 19, 2010.
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