Official News of Luciano Pavarotti’s Death Broken by Text Message

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The news that famed and beloved Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti had died this evening rocked the world. But what went almost unnoticed – in fact unknown for many – was that the news was broken not by a press conference or press release – not by telephone from his bedside – not by telegram – not even by email – but.. by SMS text message.

Now, call us old fashioned, but when one of the world’s greatest treasures – one of the great artists – one of the 3 tenors – when Luciano Pavarotti passes away, doesn’t he deserve a little more respect than to have the news broken in such an offhand manner as a telephone SMS message?


I mean, if for some reason they couldn’t issue a formal statement to the press, which is what usually would be the protocol, couldn’t his assistant at least have picked up a telephone and made a call, rather than texting to Reuters “Luciano Pavarotti died one hour ago”?

In any event, let us take a moment to remember and mourn the passing of a great man.

And then take another moment to mourn the passing of all manner and etiquette, as we sink further into a world made casual, flip, and flippant, by the ease of casual communication.

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