The Washington Post

PSA: Don’t do this again


Will data now be high in every death story? A mere five paragraphs into the July 17 news article about Ivana Trump’s death and likely fall down some stairs, “Ivana Trump died of ‘ blunt impact injuries’ to torso, medical examiner says,” readers were given a summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on people over 65, falls and the death rate. It struck me as insensitiv­e and gross, with shades of some sort of public service announceme­nt. Beware!

Going forward, when The Post reports on a death, will we see data on car accidents, guns, choking and all the ways that the CDC and FBI collect such numbers?

Please reconsider.

Carolyn Lieberg, Silver Spring

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