Former Brighton journalist Adam Lusher has died aged 51.
Tributes have been paid to Mr Lusher, who began his career at Brighton in the mid-1990s as a trainee journalist on the Argus after graduating from Lincoln College, Oxford.
He then covered the retrial of ‘Babes in the Wood’ murderer Russell Bishop at the Old Bailey and the second Gulf War during a national newspaper career in London.
Mr Lusher spent 14 years on the staff of the Sunday Telegraph and four years at the Independent as well as stints as a freelancer and working for a news agency.
Former freelance writer Matt Murphy wrote on Twitter that Mr Lusher, who is married with two children, was “one of the kindest, wittiest and most talented writers I’ve worked with”.
David Marley, acting editor of the Independent, told the trade publication Press Gazette“Adam was a wonderful journalist, with a keen eye for color and detail that made his stories shine.
“He could turn to anything, including hard news and in-depth investigations, but it was his writing skills where he really excelled.
“Adam could always spot the detail or phrase that made a story stand out.
“He was also very present in the newsroom – kind, generous and enthusiastic, never more so than when defending the work of younger colleagues. He will be missed.”
Three years ago, Mr. Lusher joined Shell. His boss at the oil company, Chris Logan, global editorial manager, published the news of Mr. Lusher’s passing on the Linkedin e-commerce platform.
Mr Logan said Mr Lusher had “made his mark” in the company “as a hardworking, creative writer and a brilliant team player”.
He wrote, “His writing was rich because he sought out colorful detail…far from the usual corporate fare. He brought the keenest of journalistic eyes to all of his work.
Lusher, who passed away on Monday July 18, wrote candidly about his own health after suffering from bone marrow cancer. His condition was diagnosed in 2008.
He went to hospital for a bone marrow transplant in 2009 and “a bombardment of infections” helped keep him there for over a year.
Before he could be released, it was discovered that he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome. This rare disease, he said, was “caused by the immune system somehow ‘mistaking’ the nerves for an infection and attacking them”.
Mr Lusher not only recovered well but started a family, although Press Gazette said: ‘He remained vulnerable to infections and his health problems continued.’
Mr Logan wrote: ‘He told me he was hoping for a life-transforming lung transplant. He continued to work incredibly hard, not wanting any allowances.
“He loved his job as a copywriter and speechwriter and was rigorous in his approach. “It’s work that keeps me going,” he often said.
“Adam was a remarkable person and an exceptional journalist, a dedicated professional. He was brave, resilient, conscientious and funny.
“Above all, he was clearly very happy to be the husband and father he thought he would never become.”
Remembering Adam Lusher. Dear friend and colleague, brilliant journalist, beautiful writer, the quickest wit and kindest, gentlest soul I have ever known in journalism. Gone far too soon but never forgotten by those who were lucky enough to know him. Adam was the best. 📷@SPAVOROTTI pic.twitter.com/9J9XWu7hJX
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) August 4, 2022
The Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah said Mr Lusher was a ‘brilliant journalist, a beautiful writer, the quickest wit and kindest, gentlest soul I have known in the world. journalism”.
She added: ‘Gone too soon but never forgotten by those who were lucky enough to know him. Adam was the best’.