When an Obit Headline Is Much Too Kind

After the Washington Post headlined its obit of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghddadi with “Austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48,” it got enough negative feedback that it apologized and changed it to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

The first Post headline inspired the writer Cockburn of the Spectator/USA to ask readers for other much-too-kind obit headlines:

Adolf Hitler, passionate community planner and dynamic public speaker, dies at 56.

Joseph Stalin, former seminarian and noted agrarian reformer, dead at 74.

Jeffrey Epstein, noted Island Hopper, dies tragically at 66.

Nero, emperor who helped Christians bring light to Rome, dies at 30.

Frederick Krueger, known for his innovations in sleep-studies as well as his iconic, wearable cutlery, has passed away.

Innovative chef and ground breaking feminist Lucrezia Borgia dies at 39.

Lucifer, an angelic and ambitious religious leader known as the “shining one,” died yesterday after a fall.

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