It's apparently a contraction, without the apostrophes, of "for example."
I read this and didn't see this definition in your dictionary, so I thought I'd add it.
Before you go on this hunt, be very certain that you REALLY want to know the cause. Obits sometimes leave this out out of concern for the family--forex, few obits will mention AIDS. I had a relative executed by firing squad. Would reading he died by being executed or of AIDS make you feel better?
October 08, 2009