FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2004 file photo, conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn, conducts the 15th symphony concert during the Lucerne Festival in the concert hall in Lucerne, Switzerland. Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, died in his Manhattan home, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. He was 89. (Urs FlueelerKEYSTONE via AP, File) ORG XMIT: NYET423 (Photo: URS FLUEELER, AP)

During the Emmys “In Memoriam” segment, there was mix-up.

André Previn, who died on Feb. 28, was recognized during the memorial. But the photo the awards show used to identify the composer and conductor was of someone else.

Instead, the face of Leonard Slatkin, a 75-year-old conductor, composer and music director laureate at Detroit Symphony, popped up on the screen – and he is still very much alive. 

USA TODAY has reached out to Fox for comment.

Twitter users pointed out the mistake Sunday during the 71st annual awards show.

“Did the Emmy Awards In Memoriam just show a photo of the very much alive conductor Leonard Slatkin to honor the late Andre Previn?” user Hallie Swift asked above a screengrab of the segment.

Another Twitter user recognized the error and called the Emmys a “Doofus production” in a tweet.

In fact, Slatkin sent out a tweet of his own on Saturday, remembering another composer who had passed away.

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The Emmys honored Previn on their website with information on his life and achievements, as they did with others who were recognized in the memorial portion of the awards show.

He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929. Previn had his start in Hollywood in 1946 working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. At the time, while he was still in high school, he began arranging and composing film scores.

During his career, he won four Academy Awards,10 Grammy Awards and was nominated six Emmys. He served as director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Previn died at age 89 last winter.


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