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How likely is it that someone could get an obituary of a none-real person into a UK broadsheet newspaper? What kind of checks do editors do, would the person have to have proof the deceased was real before they published the obit? Also how long would it likely be before he was found out? This is set just before the internet and forums and dead pools and the like became popular so there were probably fewer people scanning the obituary sections and so news is less likely to spread quickly.
I know there have been cases were obits have been published of people who've not actually been dead but has one ever been published of a person who never existed.