I would like to think of it as creative reporting, wouldn't you as a relative like to know something officially that one of your family passed away before hearing it on national news?
In My Humble Opinion (IMHO):
Sure the public/me has a right to know, but only if it involves us personally, yes, I watched it happen live and shouted an exclamation, and I feel bad about it, but to me that isn't the same if I knew I had a relative sitting in that area of the stands.
The reason I brought it to your attention was I know you have an interest in NASCAR racing.
Call me a hard hearted Bas***d, but anything else is just being nosey.