AFP's former Asia-Pacific news editor dies
AFP's former Asia-Pacific news editor Kevin McElderry died overnight after a courageous two-year battle with cancer, his wife said Wednesday. He was 44.
McElderry, one of the agency's finest writers and editors, was the Hong Kong-based news editor and deputy editor-in-chief for the Asia-Pacific region for three years from 2006.
He was diagnosed with cancer while in Hong Kong but continued to work during treatment, including after his return to Paris in 2009. He died at home in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, said his wife Ailsa.
McElderry previously worked in AFP's London and Berlin bureaus and was the deputy head of the English desk in Paris from 2004 to 2006.
He was known in the agency for his great writing style, kindness and sense of humour. He also had the rare ability to keep reporters happy while entirely recasting their copy.
He leaves his wife and two children, Sophie and Tristan.
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