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This is very sad - we are currently on the Mariner rounding Cape Horn. As an Australian I can say the procedures being followed are standard for any 'unexpected' death. It doesn't mean there are suspicious circumstances.They have said the death is not of "natural causes". Therefore, either suicide or homicide, either of which is a great tragedy. As a resident, I had to learn how to precisely fill out a death certificate as to manner and cause of death. Believe me, it is very crucial to be precisely correct, both for the family and for legal and financial reasons.
It doesn't make it easier for those concerned, particularly for the friends, family and co-workers of the staff member as there does seem to be an element in the reporting of this event in the press to indicate something more is awry and that is not necessarily the case.