How obituaries got a jolt of new life in the Internet era – The Washington Post

Good article. This just jumped out at me:

«After [Brittany] Murphy and [Michael] Jackson’s deaths in 2009, though, some obituary editors took a hard look at some younger superstars with chaotic lives. And when British pop diva Amy Winehouse died at age 27 in 2011 after a public struggle with addiction, The Washington Post had a prewritten obituary ready to publish.»

Also this:

«“I believe everyone has one good story in them,” said Kay Powell, a like-minded former obituaries editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, whose subjects included a woman who sang at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and a health department bureaucrat who introduced pasteurized milk to Georgia. “It’s up to us to find it and write it.”»

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