A regional daily editor has apologised to the family of a young heart attack victim over its front-page coverage of the inquest into her death.
Mum-of-two Zoe Bird, from Derby, died of a previously undiagnosed heart condition while on holiday in Majorca last May.
An inquest into the 30-year-old’s death was held last week and reported on the front page of Monday’s Derby Telegraph.
But the report was described by Miss Bird’s partner Daniel Annable as “unfeeling” and editor Neil White has since conceded that the story should not have been used so prominently.
Neil set out his reasons in a first-person piece on page two of Tuesday’s edition of the paper.
He wrote: “Yesterday, we got it wrong. Our report of the death of Zoe Bird upset her family and for that I, as editor, am sorry.”
Neil said he had been wrong to sanction the use of an accompanying photograph of Miss Bird which had originally been submitted for a death notice in the paper last May.
And he said that his decision to place the story on the front page had also been wrong.
Said Neil: “I did think the case was in the public interest because Miss Bird’s death may have sparked others to have tests for potential heart disease and it would have made people realise that a tingling in the arm can be a forewarning of a heart attack.
“However, we should have given greater understanding to Mr Annable’s sensitivities and the article should have been carried less prominently.”
He added: “The decisions surrounding publication of this story were mine. Thus, I am mortified that Mr Annable and Miss Bird’s families and friends should be so distressed by our coverage. My heart goes out to them.”
The Telegraph has pledged to support the family’s efforts to raise funds for heart charities.