I am stunned and saddened this morning to write that Noel Sheppard has passed away. Brent Bozell from Newsbusters just announced his passing:
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.
Requiescat in pace.
Noel was a good friend to me in the blogosphere. He was always kind when I reached out to him and helped me with whatever I needed. We would quite often talk about things over Twitter’s DM, like how to get linked on the Drudge Report. He loved getting his articles linked by Drudge and would often congratulate me whenever I got linked. He was a very gracious man, always wanting the best for TRS.
He first reached out to me in 2010 and since then we’ve been friends. Noel Sheppard will be sorely missed and my prayers are certainly with his family.
RIP Noel. RIP.