Renowned author, newspaper columnist and critic AA Gill has died at 62, after losing his battle with cancer.
During a restaurant review that Gill had written for the Sunday Times, he wrote I’ve got 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.”
Gill kept his illness a secret, and died at suddenly, shocking his four children, wife, friends, and co-workers.
Condolences and tweets have been filling up on social media, with one comment describing Gill saying “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.”
Gill didn’t speak of his illness with much self-pity, but rather quite the contrary, stating that he didn’t feel he had been cheated of anything, and there were certain places he would feel sorrow not seeing again, and mentioned that Timbuktu was a place he had in mind.
Gill was a dyslexic who joined the Sunday times back in 1993 after studying art at the Central Martins College of Art of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art.
Gill had his own battles in the past as an active alcoholic, who at the age of 30 abstained completely from alcohol once doctors had made it clear to him that he’d be dead by Christmas time if he didn’t.
The memoir that Gill published “Pour Me” relates to his alcoholic battle. Jay Rayner tweeted after Gill’s sudden death “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.”