Tributes to "hugely talented" journalist Darren Powell
MUCH-LOVED Citizen chief sub and design editor Darren Powell died on his birthday aged just 42.
The life and soul of the party, his death has left a huge hole in the newsroom and in all our hearts.
He passed away at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on August 13, after suffering a brain haemorrhage in July.
Darren, from Hardwicke, has been part of The Citizen family since he joined us in May 1999. Editor Jenny Eastwood said: "Everyone has been shocked by Darren's death.
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"He was a fantastic journalist who cared passionately about The Citizen. He was such a personality in the newsroom and a good friend to many of us.
"Since his death, we have been inundated with tributes. So many former colleagues have emailed, added a comment on Facebook or picked up the phone to say how much he meant to them. We will miss him terribly and our thoughts are with his family."
Darren was a hugely talented designer. Only this year, he was nominated for front page of the year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards for his moving take on the Olympic Torch relay in Gloucester.
And his work helped us win several newspaper of the year titles.
Darren also cared a great deal about his team and the production staff and journalists he worked alongside and his laughter and kindness will be greatly missed.
Outside of work, Darren always made time for his friends and was passionate about music and television. At one time, he wrote a soap column for the paper which was a true labour of love.
Darren is survived by his mum Rita, dad Howard, brother Ashley, sister Hayley, brother-in-law Tim, grandmother Millie, niece and goddaughter Molly, nephew Elliott plus his work family and friends.