Today I read an article from the AP about Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry’s tragic death after falling out of a pickup truck. In the article they talk about Henry’s fiancée. They got the information from her MySpace page. Here is a snippet of what the article says:
“Henry is engaged to Loleini Tonga, and the couple has been raising three children. Tonga’s MySpace page identifies herself as “Mrs. C. Henry” and has a picture of her next to a person who appears to be Henry. She also has a post from Tuesday talking about buying wedding rings. A neighbor said Wednesday that the Tonga family owns the home where police say the incident began. Charlotte is home to his fiancée’s parents.”
At first I thought it was weird that the AP would be getting most of their information through MySpace, but then realized that it shouldn’t surprise me, especially with such a high-profile athlete. I’m guessing that she, and other members of Henry’s family wouldn’t comment so the reporter turned to the next best thing, public profiles.
While I think that public people lose most, if not all, of their privacy when they become famous, is it right to use the information of their families and friends? Does this cross a line? Or do you lose all your privacy by association?