Senator Orrin Hatch Tells Google: I'm Not Dead and Here's the Proof

Senator Orrin Hatch’s office had a surprising moment on Monday when they discovered the 84-year-old was listed by Google as having died in September 2017.

Luckily, the senator and his team appeared to take the news of his untimely death well—posting several messages to Google—including one of the politician alive and well, reading the daily newspaper.

“Hi @Google We might need to talk,” read a tweet from the senator’s office sharing a screenshot of the Google information, before throwing out a number of tweets offering proof of life for the Republican politician.

Pictures shared by his team to prove that Hatch was indeed alive and well—and had been since the listing of his apparent September 2017 demise—included him signing a bill just last week, and celebrating his 84th birthday in March, which appeared to have a bacon theme judging by the picture and messages included in the tweet.

Among the messages that were posted in response to the incorrect report of his death was a video showing the senator greeting Josh and Thamy Holt, who returned to the U.S. in May after being held for two years in a Venezuelan prison.

“A reminder that Josh and Thamy Holt’s triumphant return to the US of A was just a few months ago. Senator Hatch was very much alive then,” Hatch’s staff wrote sharing the video.

The account also retweeted a message stating: “Sen. Orrin Hatch to Google: Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

The evidence offered to Google that Hatch was alive and well appeared to be so strong that the senator’s listing was changed within the hour to reflect that he did not, in fact, die last year.

Indeed, on the day his team discovered the erroneous report of his death, the senator had released a statement praising the passing of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, showing he was very much breathing, Fox 13 reported.

“I believe that by making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system more user-friendly and accessible, we can save thousands of lives by helping people find the help they need when they need it most,” Hatch said on Monday, shortly before his team spotted Google’s error.