A veteran Republican senator reminded Google that he's not dead in a series of taunting tweets

GettyOrrin Hatch: Not dead, or Emperor Palpatine.
  • Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted at Google that he wasn’t dead after search results suggested he had died last September.
  • Hatch’s team tweeted a series of comical posts showing the 84-year-old senator is still alive.
  • The problem seems to lie with Hatch’s Wikipedia page, which was vandalised on Sunday.
  • It’s the third time in recent months that Wikipedia vandals have attacked Hatch’s page after they renamed him “Sheev Palpatine” and claimed he had a flatulence problem.

When Republican senator Orrin Hatch Googled his own name in the early hours of Tuesday morning, he was in for a nasty shock. According to the search engine, he had died last September.

The very-much-still-alive Hatch tweeted a screenshot this discovery to Google on Tuesday, saying: “We might need to talk.”

His team followed up with a comical series of tweets to prove the 84-year-old politician is still alive.

The issue seems to lie with Hatch’s Wikipedia page, which briefly stated that the senator had died in September 2017 after it was vandalised by a rogue editor on Sunday.

Another editor fixed the issue on the same day, but the error still showed up in Google’s “answer box,” which shows a snippet of information on a search result from various sources such as Wikipedia.

Orrin Hatch Wikipedia deadBusiness Insider/Wikipedia

It isn’t the first time Hatch’s page has been vandalised either.

Hatch is due to retire at the end of the year after a career as the longest-serving Senate Republican. He is a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and controversial for helping push through last year’s tax bill.

That appears to have made him unpopular with Wikipedia editors, who have vandalised his page several times over the past few months.

One user changed Hatch’s name to “Sheev Palpatine” earlier this month, a reference to one of the big bad guys in “Star Wars” movie franchise.

Orrin hatch palpatineBusiness Insider/Wikipedia

Another added the following paragraph to the “privacy” section on Hatch’s page:

“Senator Hatch has also asked for privacy in his personal life regarding his dehabilitating flatuation. He has suffered from from a loose sphincter muscle for the past decade. His flatuation has been to cause dizziness to those who inhale it, and can even cause hullicinations. He has sought help from top flatuation experts but has only been met with disappointed results.”

Both errors were eventually fixed.

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