Former Northumberland Gazette reporter, Dave Black, has died suddenly, aged 61.
The father-of-two, from Alnwick, died at home in the early hours of today.
Dave was a well-respected journalist, who had also worked for the Newcastle Journal and Chronicle.
His family have been left devastated by his sudden unexpected death. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Linda, daughter Cassie, 29, son, Robbie, 32 and step-daughter Donna Anderson.
He lived in Alnwick for more than 30 years. Dave was an avid Newcastle United supporter and enjoyed walking with his wife in the years after he finished work.
Northumberland Gazette editor Paul Larkin paid his tributes to Dave. He said: "Dave was one of the best journalists I have known. Although we never worked together, I always admired his work, both for the Gazette and the Journal/Chronicle. It is so sad that he has passed away at such an early age and we pass on our condolences to his family."