Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007That's not the kind of message you want to find on a favorite blog of yours. Gilly had been in the hospital for months, in the ICU after complications following surgery--an infection that spread everywhere.
It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog (www.thenewsblog.net), passed away early this morning. He was 41.
To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.
We will post more information as it becomes available to us.
Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Steve meant so much to us. We will miss him terribly.
When I first started reading blogs back in 2003, Gilliard was one of the first bloggers I read, when he was posting at the Daily Kos. His voice was unmistakeable, his logic unimpeachable, and his opinions unapologetic. His military experience gave his commentary on the Iraq debacle an authenticity and urgency that you just didn't hear from the media in the spring of 2003.
The internet is a poorer place without him.