Newspaper staff opens man's self-written obit 'about a half-hour too late'

Sacramento Bee
A man suffering from emphysema wrote and delivered his own obituary to the Mountain Democrat ("California's Oldest Newspaper") on Tuesday -- then hanged himself the next day from a bridge. The envelope, which the paper's staff didn't open until Wednesday, included a picture of the 64-year-old man with a cigarette hanging from his mouth.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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