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January 19, 1994

Where Do Obituary Listings Come From? Putting the Matter to Rest

JAMA. 1994;271(3):194-195. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510270040029

To the Editor.  —Your Obituary Listing of March 3, 1993,1 puzzles me. How is it possible that during that reporting period, the youngest person to die was 86 years old, and the mean age of death was more than 91 years?Compare these numbers with those from your March 10, 1993,2 necrology: the youngest age of death was 30 years, with the mean age of 66 years.You seem to have clustered all the elderly deaths in your March 3 issue. Is this mysterious distribution merely a quirk or an attempt to liven up the obituaries?