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Bush spokesman apologizes for sending statement on Nelson Mandela

A spokesman for former president George H.W. Bush mistakenly sent a statement on the death of Nelson Mandela on Sunday morning based on reports by The Washington Post that the former South African president has been discharged from a hospital.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the former president, said he awoke Sunday morning to see an e-mail alert from The Post regarding Mandela's discharge from a South African hospital and misread the word "discharge." Thinking that he was at least three hours behind the news, he said he rushed to issue the statement.

"I just made a very stupid mistake, I’m very sorry about that. My apologies to everyone at The Washington Post," McGrath said in a brief interview.