RIP Simon Hoggart

We are saddened to report that Simon Hoggart, Guardian and Observer journalist, died at age 67, according to Michael White at the Guardian. Jonathan Freedland there wrote, “So many fond memories of Simon Hoggart. He was endlessly amusing because he was endlessly amused.” Mark Colvin from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation News said, “I knew Simon Hoggart slightly and admired him hugely. So funny and so so sharp.” Doug Saunders at the Globe and Mail added, “Oh no. Simon Hoggart, the greatest parliamentary sketch writer ever -- possibly greatest newspaper writer -- is dead.” Colleague Elizabeth Renzetti called it, “Awful news.”

In the Spectator, you can read about The wit, wine and wisdom of Simon Hoggart, 1946 - 2014. Paul Mason at Channel 4 News said, “Sad to hear of Simon Hoggart’s death. Brilliant writer. Been rereading his Speccie stuff as well as Guardian.” Isabel Hardman at the Telegraph thinks it’s a “Lovely tribute to Simon Hoggart - some of his wittiest words from our archive.” Freelancer Chris Wimpress wrote, “Simon Hoggart hilarious on French wine, stockings, writing.” Joe Murphy from the London Evening Standard suggested, “Read this & marvel at Simon Hoggart's genius.”

Turn back to the Guardian for Simon Hoggart’s obituary. Freelancer Siobhain Butterworth called it “Such Sad news.” Clare Margetson there said, “if haven't had the chance to see this yet, obit of the wonderful Simon Hoggart, guardian's inimitable sketch-writer.” Harry Wallop from the Telegraph added, “Simon Hoggart on Nicholas Soames: ‘You could tow him out to a village fete and charge children 50p to bounce on him.’

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