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I Know: You Didn't Write the Headline

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One of the most-repeated phrases by reporters is, "I don't write the headlines."

I just saw headlines on Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post and elsewhere that read:

"Candy Spelling: Tori's Actions Killed My Husband Aaron Spelling."

I don't know who is writing the headlines, but I wish he or she would read the rest of their own stories:

"Candy Spelling is blaming the death of her husband Aaron Spelling on the heartache he suffered from daughter Tori's alleged decision to cut off contact from the family.

"I've always been trying to work on the relationship [with Tori]," Spelling said. "I don't know what the anger is. My daughter one day decided that she wasn't speaking to my husband, myself and my son and that's how it's continued for the last, oh gosh, four or five years."

Spelling went one step further however, saying Tori's abandonment ultimately cost Aaron Spelling his will to live.

"It was sad because that's what killed my husband actually. He just didn't want to live after that. You know, he had done everything ... he could possibly do for his daughter and she wanted no part of him once he couldn't do anything for her."

I didn't intend to create headlines. I was asked a question about my daughter not speaking with my family, and I answered truthfully. My husband was very ill, and he had stopped eating and taking liquids. He called Tori on a daily basis, and never stopped asking if Tori had returned his call. We had to say no every day.

I should have known better, but it is the truth. Next, someone will refer to it as 'patricide.' Wait, sorry. Eonline just did that.