The beloved restaurant critic wrote for “The Sunday Times” since 1993, and three weeks ago he announced that he was suffering from cancer. He was 62 years old.
The diagnosis came after a holiday in which his family expressed their concern for the writer’s weight loss. The diagnosis came after the disease had spread to several parts of his body, and his ability to exercise and and travel during treatment was severely affected.
After finding out the sad diagnosis, AA Gill proposed to his partner of 23 years, Nicola Formby, referred to as “The Blonde” in his restaurant reviews.
His death was confirmed by a statement sent to the Sunday Times staff, and written by the editor, Martin Ivens, which reads: ‘It is with profound sadness that I must tell you that our much-loved colleague Adrian Gill died this morning. Adrian was stoical about his illness, but the suddenness of his death has shocked us all.Characteristically he has had the last word, writing an outstanding article about coming to terms with his cancer in tomorrow’s Sunday Times Magazine. 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. We will miss him.’
The 62 year old writer and critic leaves four children behind. He had been fighting cancer with treatments at Charing Cross Hospital in London, but he sadly lost the battle this morning.
On the few interviews that he gave after his diagnosis, he expressed he had no regrets, and that he actually felt he had been given a second chance in life after battling an alcohol addiction. Colleages and journalists, as well as his beloved audience, have been paying moving tributes since this morning. His last column will be published by the Sunday Times tomorrow. May he rest in peace.