Veteran journalist and editor Brendan Boyle has died

Former editor of the Daily Dispatch, bureau chief of Reuters South Africa and past executive editor of the Sunday Times Brendan Boyle died on Sunday, Times Live reported

Boyle, an experienced journalist and newspaper editor, was suffering from cancer, which was diagnosed about 18 months ago, member of Parliament Corné Mulder tweeted.

Boyle's long-time friend, fellow journalist Wyndham Hartley, confirmed the news. 

"[Boyle] was a journalist of not inconsiderable skill. He was a meticulous and ethical journalist of considerable proportion," Hartley told Times Live.

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In November 2013, Boyle was suspended at the Sunday Times after allegedly applying to become a DA MP. It was reported that Boyle sent his curriculum vitae, which was later withdrawn, to the party as part of his application, IOL reported

Boyle continued to work as a policy researcher, particularly on land issues, Times Live reported.

Tributes for Boyle have been pouring in since the announcement of his passing.