An award-winning senior foreign correspondent at The Times who covered many of the world's major events in recent decades was found dead at home on Tuesday morning.
Daniel McGrory, 54, died at his home in north London where he lived with his wife, Liz, and two children, Anna and James.
He had just returned from a fact-finding trip to Pakistan and was in good health according to friends who spoke to him on Monday night.
Originally from Glasgow, McGrory worked at the BBC and the Daily Express before joining The Times in 1997. An expert in terrorism, some of the stories he covered for The Times included the 9/11 attacks, the Boxing Day tsunami and last summer's war in Lebanon. He twice reported from Iraq but was not imbedded with the military.
Times editor Robert Thomson hailed McGrory as one of the leading journalists of his generation.
He said: "His fearlessness was inspired not by a love of risk, but by a determination to discover the truth."
John Wellman, home affairs editor at The Times, said the paper would miss a good friend and a highly respected colleague.
"He was one of the finest journalists I ever worked with," he said.
"He was diligent, fantastically wellconnected, a beautiful writer and passionate about news.
"He was unknowing about his own abilities – quite a self-deprecating person. He was the most experienced reporter in the office, but was always the first to help out the younger staff. We will miss a great friend and the paper will miss a terrific reporter."
A full obituary will follow in next week's Press Gazette.