The conservative blogosphere is reeling in shock and heartache at the sudden an unexpected death of blogger extraordinaire, Noel Sheppard.
Brent Bozell made the sad announcement at NewsBusters on Saturday morning.
Our Noel Sheppard passed away yesterday (Friday) morning at about 5:00 AM. Say a prayer for the soul of a man we’ll all miss professionally, and many, many of us will miss personally as well. Noel was not just a force of nature, he was a very good man.
How quickly this all happened. Just two months ago, Noel wrote about suddenly getting cancer at 53 called “Cancer’s Ray of Hope.” Nine days ago, he wrote us and said he was interested in writing about his “progress” — and he put “progress” in quotes. We were all wishing for better news, and really couldn’t imagine this was a battle that would end this way.
Noel joined us and was introduced to us by Matt Sheffield at the founding of NewsBusters in 2005, and he became our Associate Editor. It must be said that no blogger here was more prolific and more popular. We’ll have more to say in the coming days.
An archive of Sheppard’s brilliant work at Newsbusters can be found, here.
I’ve talked with Noel many times over email. A gracious, kind, enthusiastic man. This is so sad. Prayers to his family and MRC.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) March 29, 2014
Heartbroken over @NoelSheppard, the magnificent. I can say no more right now.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 29, 2014
It’s just impossible to grasp that we’ve lost a man who was so full of life. Rest in peace, Noel.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 29, 2014
Very sad to hear that Noel Sheppard has passed away. Through everything, he never lost his sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.
— Joseph Curl (@josephcurl) March 29, 2014
@NoelSheppard battled bravely. RIP to a great guy. This news really hurts
— JWF (@JammieWF) March 29, 2014
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) March 29, 2014