Structure in McQueen story

In the New York Times article about the death of designer Alexander McQueen, the writer must structure his news delicately. The most important aspect of the story is that McQueen died, and that is what was reported first.
While it had not been confirmed, it was suspected that the cause of death was suicide, and this was reported next. Thus, the second paragraph summarized the first, but then provided more details and in-depth information.
Because this is such a delicate subject, and occurred so suddenly, the article memorializes McQueen. The writer talks about McQueen's work and accomplishments, and quotes friends and colleagues. Some of these quotes try to explain or make sense of the death, and explain what McQueen was actually like.
Finally, this occurred at the beginning of New York Fashion Week, thus the writer also wrote about the effect of McQueen's death on the mood of Fashion Week.
However, this was not until the end of the article. The facts were reported first, then he was memorialized, and finally it was put into context.
This was a good way of dealing with a touchy subject, and struck the right balance between reporting the facts and being sensitive to the situation.

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