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Newspaper apologises after using picture of Jackass star instead of soldier

A New Zealand newspaper has apologised after using a picture of late Jackass star Ryan Dunn instead of a fallen New-Zealand born Israel Defence Force soldier.

Combat engineer Guy Boyland, 21, was killed during clashes with Hamas gunmen in Gaza on Friday.

The New Zealand Herald took pictures off the soldier's Facebook page, but mistakenly used an image of Ryan Dunn that Boyland had posted after Dunn's death in a car crash in 2011.

Boyland, who moved to Israel from Taupo in New Zealand when he was five, was reportedly just four months away from finishing his three-year compulsory service.

The New Zealand Herald issued an apology to the soldier's family on their Twitter account.

The Herald's editor Shayne Currie later apologised to his readers and took full responsibility for the "unacceptable" error.

"The New Zealand Herald apologises unreservedly to the family and friends of Guy Boyland following the incorrect use of two images in today's paper and on the New Zealand Herald website," Currie wrote.

"As Editor I take responsibility for the errors that should never have occurred.

The newspaper later amended the article to include the correct image of Guy Boyland. Credit: New Zealand Herald

"The New Zealand Herald incorrectly sourced the image of Ryan Dunn from Guy's page, along with several other images, believing them to be of Guy," he explained.

The late soldier's family had been "remarkably forgiving", the newspaper's editor added.

Jackass actor Ryan Dunn, 34, died in Pennsylvania in 2011 when his car hit a tree.