AA Gill, after announcing three weeks ago that he had cancer, in a statement sent to the Sunday Times staff on Saturday was said to have passed away.
Sunday Times critic had told the newspaper last month that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Despite this tragic illness, Gill said that he did not “feel cheated” and that he had been “very lucky” in his life.
Martin Ivens, the Sunday Times editor, in his statement to the staff said: “It is with profound sadness that I must tell you that our much-loved colleague Adrian Gill died this morning.”
“Adrian was stoical about his illness, but the suddenness of his death has shocked us all. He was the heart and soul of the paper, His wit was incomparable, his writing was dazzling and fearless, his intelligence was matched by compassion. Adrian was a giant among journalists. He was also our friend. We will miss him.”
Another Sunday Times political editor, Tim Shipman said Gill was “the writer who first made me buy the Sunday Times. The best of us for 30 years has died. Very somber mood in the office.”
Gill informed the newspaper that he had cancer by saying he had “an embarrassment of cancer, the full English.”
“There is barely a morsel of offal not included. I have a trucker’s gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy.”
Many have taken to twitter to mourn his death:
Jay Rayner said: “So sorry to hear about the death of AA Gill. He was a controversialist, sometimes outrageously so, but a kind man and a brilliant writer.”
Andrew Neil: “Consumed with sadness and anger at death of AA Gill. Thoughts and condolences with Nicola and the children. So unfair.”
Hugh Laurie: “I never met AA Gill, and cursed his name often; but he was funny, clever, honest and wrote terrific sentences. I will miss him very much.”