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Writer and Former Esquire Editor Wins Two Press Awards Three Months After His Death

AA Gill's legacy will live on.
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The legendary wit, who began his writing career with a piece for Tatler in 1991, was named 'Feature Writer of the Year' and 'Critic of the Year' at the annual Press Awards on Tuesday.

Gill, who passed away in December aged 62, announced his lung cancer diagnosis in the last of his regular restaurant reviews for the Sunday Times.

His final column, which was amongst the winning entries in the features category, addressed his cancer fight, mortality and the state of the British National Health Service (NHS).


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Commenting on his last piece, Eleanor Mills, editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, said: "He'd wanted to write that piece about the NHS for ages but we couldn't get him the access. He was a trooper – as he was dying he wouldn't take his morphine because he wanted to stay compos mentis to read the proofs."

Safe to say, AA Gill's legacy within journalism and popular British culture is assured, regardless of posthumous awards. Have a read of Esquire editor Alex Bilmes' tribute to get a deeper understanding of the man, and the impact he had on this very title.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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