Music journalist Linda Duff has died, age 53.
Hot Press reports the news of their former colleague from Dublin, who passed away suddenly on September 3.
Duff began her career at Hot Press in the early eighties, beginning in advertising and moving on to writing for the magazine.
She then became a well-loved and knowledgable voice on Smash Hits - with her column Get Smart! - then the Daily MIrror and became pop editor on the Daily Star
Paying tribute to Duff, Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said "Linda loved music. And the 1980s was a time of opportunity in that the amount of coverage of music was beginning to expand rapidly across a whole range of media.
"She grasped that opportunity with great determination – and success. She was one of those people who had a natural flow, so it was no surprise that she flourished in the tough world of journalism in the UK... I will always remember her as the unaffected young woman with a passion for music who started out on her career with us, all those years go."
Duff's brother Denis told Hot Press: "She was well known throughout the Irish and British music industry and she was associated with the launch and promotion of many acts, as diverse as Take That, Westlife, Pet Shop Boys, Sultans of Ping, and The Vipers, to name just a few."