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DUELING OBITUARIES: Wife & girlfriend place separate notes in newspaper

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I did not know Leroy “Blast” Bill Black in life, but 55 years old is too young for anyone to die, so I mourn and offer condolences for his family and loved ones.

Mr. Black passed away on Tuesday, surrounded by family at home, succumbing to “cancer of the lungs due to fiberglass exposure.” The late Egg Harbor Township, N.J., man’s funeral will be held Sunday in Atlantic City.
That information was available in not one, but two obituaries that ran in today’s Press of Atlantic City that a longtime friend who identifies herself as an “avid obit reader and reformed reporter” posted on Facebook on Friday morning.

She didn’t know Mr. Black, either, but she noticed some noteworthy differences in the obituaries. It’s not just that one offered more details about the cause of death, but the names of survivors listed in copy that appeared in consecutive order on page D6 of the Shore-based newspaper. – READ MORE

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