From The News Blog:
Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007A year younger than me. Not a good age to die and leave so much good work unfinished. Ian Welsh at The Agonist has a very well done appreciation which could eaily speak for all of us who never knew Steve Gilliard except through his writing but will miss him even so. A sad day indeed.
It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog (www.thenewsblog.net), passed away early this morning. He was 41.
To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.
We will post more information as it becomes available to us.
Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Steve meant so much to us. We will miss him terribly.
- the news blog team
Update by Fester: Also a sad day. I never met Steve personally, but I enjoyed the occasional long, and always thought provoking e-mail exchanges that I had with him. He was one of the few people with anything vaguely resembling a platform in the winter of 2003 that was making a good deal of sense. His writing was one of the inspirations for my original blogging effort at Fester's Place. He will be missed.