By Faith Ridler For Mailonline
Published: 16:24 BST, 7 May 2020 | Updated: 16:41 BST, 7 May 2020
A champion British boxer had to reassure friends he is still 'alive and well' after the BBC mistakenly included his picture in a roll call of people killed by coronavirus.
Rhys McCole, from Greenock, took to social media last night to confirm he was still alive after the broadcaster falsely reported on his death.
His photograph had been included in a montage of those who have recently passed away during Reporting Scotland's segment on Covid-19.
Mr McCole said on Twitter: 'Thanks to everyone for their messages. Despite @BBCScotlandNews reporting and putting a picture of me on television saying that I have died of Covid-19 I am actually ALIVE and well.
Rhys McCole (pictured), from Greenock, took to social media last night to confirm he was still alive after BBC Scotland falsely reported on his death
His photograph had been included in a graphic reporting those who have recently passed away due to the virus, which has infected more than 202,359 people in the UK (Mr McCole seen bottom, second from left)
'My thoughts go to all those that have lost loved ones.'
Howard Simpson, News Editor and Editor of Newsgathering at BBC Scotland, later apologised to Mr McCole for the error, insisting it was a 'genuine production mistake.'
In an email posted to Twitter by the boxer, he said: 'I wanted to email you to apologise for an error in our output.
'As you are acutely aware, we included a picture of you in a graphic last night in our report on Covid-19. I'm afraid this was a genuine production mistake - and as soon as it was noticed we replaced it.