All Publicity is Good, Except an Obituary Notice

by MSO

Elizabeth Taylor's obituary writer actually died years before her death, although the piece was updated by other writers.

Obituaries are often confused with death notices. A death notice is the piece of writing you’ll find when checking the news paper for who has died and it is usually brief, paid for and written by a non-professional. Obituaries are longer pieces that tell the story about someone’s life, they are usually written about famous people and are created by newsroom staff. So it should be no surprise that, for news publications to release a obituary summing up someone’s life as quickly as they do, the obituaries are often done in advance. These articles are done as a person in the public eye grows old or falls ill, so the writer is able to do justice to the person’s life.

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