Obituaries, especially the kind that run in the backs of alumni magazines, or as paid notices in the good grey lady, tend to a certain formality.
Obituary: A notice of a death, esp. in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person.
They tend towards platitudes and encomiums, and dry recitations of surviving family members. The cause of death is often mentioned, except when the dear departed has committed suicide. Then, it's delicately omitted, except perhaps in the cases of famous celebrity types, where the cause of death is part of the news of the death. I was, therefore, dumbstruck by an obituary I read in my college alumnae magazine:
Jane Doe put an end to her life on __/__/20__, leaving many speechless.
No, I didn't know her. But I too was left speechless - both because of the bluntness of the message and the editorializing in its conveyance.