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Noel Sheppard, R.I.P

Noel Sheppard, who for years has been “The Guy” at the predominant blog, “NewsBusters” run by the DC-based Media Research Center, has passed away.  He was diagnosed in January with lung cancer, and lost that fight yesterday.  He was just 53.

Here’s the statement of his passing from MRC founder, L. Brent Bozell.

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.

Trying to remember if I ever met Noel during my times out in DC.  The only thing that comes to mind is that if I ever did, it was briefly during a tour of the Media Research Center offices during 2012 when I was out there for the annual CPAC Conference.

Tim Graham, a fellow Wisconsinite and Director of Media Analysis of the MRC, gave me a tour of the place and it might have been just a quick “Hello and a handshake” between us.

He was an amazing writer and from what I’ve been told by friends, a great guy.  He will be missed.

Rest in Peace.

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