The Toronto Star’s public editor Kathy English defended the newspaper’s story on the five-year anniversary of Ed Mirvish’s death.
Torontoist.com explained in a 2007 article on Mirvish’s death that Mirvish was a “philanthropic businessman” who “was a crucial part of Toronto’s reputation as a world-renowned theatre centre.”
Some readers complained that the Star’s report, which noted that Mirvish’s grave still doesn’t have a “permanent headstone,” was “intrusive and insensitive” and “crossed the line here between public interest and private grief,” English explained, writing:
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“I understand this reaction and agree that grief is a private emotion. But I don’t think this story was out of line.”
English noted that Mirvish “was a public figure,” the Star‘s reporter interviewed Mirvish’s son about the gravesite, and that his gravesite might be of “enduring interest” for some readers.