Fairfax columnist and blogger Sam de Brito was found dead in his North Bondi home on Monday morning, touching off an outpouring of grief from colleagues and readers.
His death is not considered suspicious, nor a suicide.
In a statement, de Brito’s family expressed their grief, describing Sam as a “wonderful and devoted father”.
“Sam, 46, has revelled in parenthood and was a wonderful and devoted father to his daughter, Anoushka, 5.
“He will also be remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, as well as a distinguished columnist and author.
“His family asks for privacy at this time as they grieve for the loss of Sam and await the results of a coroner’s report.”
It’s a terrible shock to have lost Sam de Brito, a brave, honest writer. My condolences to those who loved him, especially the littlest one.
— Jessica Rudd (@Jess_Rudd) October 12, 2015
I was a young cadet when I met Sam de Brito. He was very generous with his time and advice and stayed in touch. Such a sad, tragic loss.
— Shannon Molloy (@sleemol) October 12, 2015
I am devastated by the loss of my friend and mentor Sam de Brito. He was a wonderful father, a brilliant mind, & will be greatly missed
— Samantha Brett (@samanthabrett) October 12, 2015
De Brito’s first “All Men are Liars” column for Fairfax Media was published in 2006. Prior to joining Fairfax, de Brito was a journalist and feature writer on The Sunday Telegraph. He has also written five books, and worked in TV and film.
He is the son of the late Sydney Daily Mirror journalist Gus de Brito. His sister, Kate, is a long-time News Corp Australia journalist.
De Brito’s last column was on parents co-sleeping with their children, and was published in The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age on Sunday.