Conservative media critic Noel Sheppard died early Friday morning after being diagnosed at the age of 53 with cancer two months ago.

Noel Sheppard passed away early Friday morning after being diagnosed with cancer two months ago. (Image source: Twitter)

Noel Sheppard passed away early Friday morning after being diagnosed with cancer two months ago. (Image source: Twitter)

Media Research Center president Brent Bozell announced his passing Saturday morning in a post on Newsbusters’ website.

“Our Noel Sheppard passed away yesterday (Friday) morning at about 5:00 AM. Say a prayer for the soul of a man we’ll all miss professionally, and many, many of us will miss personally as well. Noel was not just a force of nature, he was a very good man,” Bozell wrote.

“How quickly this all happened. Just two months ago, Noel wrote about suddenly getting cancer at 53 called ‘Cancer’s Ray of Hope.’ Nine days ago, he wrote us and said he was interested in writing about his ‘progress’ — and he put ‘progress’ in quotes. We were all wishing for better news, and really couldn’t imagine this was a battle that would end this way,” the post continued.

Bozell said that Sheppard had been a critic at the Media Research Center since the founding of the Newsbusters website in 2005.

“It must be said that no blogger here was more prolific and more popular. We’ll have more to say in the coming days,” he wrote. ”Requiescat in pace.”

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