Editorial page editor of the Portland Oregonian Bob Caldwell died over the weekend – and the paper promptly reported that he had died of a heart attack while shagging a 23-year-old woman who was not his wife.
The Oregonian’s original obituary for Caldwell spoke of his “big smile and a bigger laugh,” and said that he had died of a heart attack. It added that “more information will be published as it becomes available.”
The paper, which had employed Caldwell for 29 years, then ran an update which some might say contained too much information.
The updated report read: “Bob Caldwell, editor of The Oregonian’s editorial pages, was in the Tigard apartment of a 23-year-old woman when he went into cardiac arrest Saturday afternoon.
“The woman called 911 at 4.43pm to report that Caldwell, 63, was coughing and then unresponsive after a sex act. Washington County sheriff’s officers and medical personnel responded and transported him to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead.”
The report didn’t stop there. Clearly dedicated to the cause of thorough journalism, the report continued: “The woman told deputies she met Caldwell about a year ago at Portland Community College. Caldwell, she said, knew she didn’t have much money, so he provided her cash for books and other things for school in exchange for sex acts at her apartment.”