The BBC have a story about a blue plaque being unveiled to commemorate a famous US broadcaster Edward R Murrow. Nothing unusual there – until the last sentence:
He died from lung cancer in 1965.
The fact he died isn’t the point – why mention it was lung cancer ? The article does not mention smoking (or not) nor it does not have a picture of him smoking. So why mention it ? It’s not like the BBC give reasons for everyone’s deaths. I can’t find another page but I know they routinely write things like “He died in 1970” and do not give causes. Is it because the reason was found by the researcher (but then shouldn’t everyone’s) ? Is it because it just happens to be topical because of the smoking ban ? I cannot see the relevance of indicating the cause of death and if they are going to do it, be consistent !