Youth Movement in Obits?
Heath Ledger's death yesterday at the age of 28, and the acknowledgment by the Associated Press that they've pre-written an obit for Britney Spears, who's all of 26, raises the issue of how prepared can obit writers be for the deaths of young celebrities.
The answer? Not very.
Of the 100 or so advancers that The Washington Post has prepared, I don't see one person who's under the age of 60. That's not to say we won't cover the deaths of younger people -- but putting in the time to look at a person's life is usually not useful until he or she has built up a body of work that defines a career. And, as the Los Angeles Times obits editor recently said, "Who in the '60s would have thought Keith Richards would have outlasted John Denver?"
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Posted by: Charlene | February 1, 2008 2:30 AM
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