I’ve often characterized the Boston Herald as a lively index to the Boston Globe, but on Saturday the feisty local tabloid absolutely blowtorched (I think) what it likes to call “the boring broadsheet.”
EMC cofounder Richard Egan dies
Richard J. Egan, the billionaire cofounder of information storage giant EMC Corp. of Hopkinton who served 15 months as ambassador to Ireland, much of that time in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died at his Boston home yesterday.
Mr. Egan was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in May, his family said in an e-mailed statement last night that announced his death.
Cops: EMC Biz Big Kills Self
(The Herald softened that online to “EMC Corp. co-founder Richard Egan dead at 73″)
But the lede for both is the same, and it’s a corker:
Richard Egan, the billionaire co-founder of EMC Corp. and the former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, died yesterday of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, police and other sources confirmed.
As of 1 a.m. Sunday, the Globe hadn’t amplified and the Herald hadn’t clarified.
I don’t know which version is correct, but I do know this: Boston Globe, press release; Boston Herald, cops.
My money’s on the Herald.