The New Zealand Herald has apologised to the family of a dead Israeli soldier after it accidentally ran a photo of the late Jackass star Ryan Dunn instead.
The photo of the late American actor ran in Monday’s edition of the paper with the headline ‘Kiwi killed in Gaza’, a story reporting the sergeant’s death.
The Herald apologised to the sergeant’s family, saying the photo had been accidentally pulled from the Facebook page of Boyland, who was a fan of Dunn’s.
Our apologies to Guy Boyland's family for the wrong photo on this morning's lead story.
— nzherald (@nzherald) July 27, 2014
Boyland died in Gaza on Friday, while Dunn was killed in a car crash which was headline news around the world 3 years ago.
“I have personally spoken to members of Guy’s family this morning, as has the CEO of APN, Jane Hastings,” said editor Shayne Currie.
“The family members have been remarkably forgiving, particularly in the circumstances. I have apologised for adding to their grief and I will keep them fully updated on how this happened as obviously it is unacceptable.”