As we go to press, Sir Joh 94-year-old Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen lies on
his death bed in a Kingaroy hospital. But how much detail about his
condition is too much information?

That he “stopped breathing
several times throughout the night” and that his doctor is “really
struggling to get the phlegm off his chest, because he can’t cough very
well” (ABC News)?

That he began to “turn blue” last night (Sky News)?

his son John “stayed with his father for most of the night but left
early this morning, saying Sir Joh’s snoring was keeping him awake”
(ABC News)?

How much is too much?

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