Tributes were paid last night to the veteran newspaper columnist and broadcast pundit Sue Carroll, who has died aged 58 from cancer.
The journalist wrote a weekly column for the Daily Mirror for the past 13 years and movingly described her 18-month battle against the disease, hitting out at cuts to NHS services. She died at her home on Christmas night.
Editor Richard Wallace said she had faced a "long and painful illness with enviable fortitude". He said: "Until the final few days she was still doing what she loved the most: reading the papers and giving her inimitable thoughts on the world around us – with, of course, the odd no-nonsense rant thrown in.
"Sue was part of the heart and soul of the Daily Mirror – and had a direct line to our readers." Associate editor Kevin Maguire described her as the "queen of columnists".
Carroll moved to London from her native Newcastle in the 1970s. She worked on a number of Fleet Street titles including The Sun and the News of the World before joining the Mirror.
She was a regular on The Alan Titchmarsh Show – making a return to the programme in March eight months after being diagnosed.