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Editor died from cocaine overdose

A hard-working and hard-playing magazine editor died from a massive cocaine overdose, an inquest was told yesterday.

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GQ editor dies of 'overdose' at 38

Michael VerMeulen, editor of the ground-breaking men's magazine GQ, has died of a suspected drug overdose at the age of 38. Appointed editor three years ago, he was seen as one of the pivotal figures in establishing men's general interest magazines as a significant force in modern publishing and in leading what is now the most dynamic magazine sector. He died at the Whittington Hospital in north London on Monday.

OBITUARY : Michael VerMeulen

"I've just had lunch with Dennis the Menace," I told my wife after staggering home from the first of many uproarious meals with Michael VerMeulen. The year was 1989, and VerMeulen - a native Chicagoan who had been living in London for the previous few years - had invited me out to discuss writing something for a new magazine called GQ, where he had just been appointed deputy editor.

Are there any real men out there?

WHAT DO men want? This has been bothering me, partly because of my mild yet shameful interest in Hugh Grant; but more because I have recently been struck by the fact that male readers of this newspaper, unlike the female ones, hardly ever write to me. A few do; there was a retired gentleman with a passionate interest in limescale, who offered advice on how to remove it from household appliances. And when I referred in March to a spiritual crisis, a number of men responded with letters of a religious nature. But on the whole: nothing. Does this mean that a) men don't read this column; b) men don't write letters unless they have a divine or domestic theory to expound; or c) men think that I am boring?

At the spin doctors': some simple remedies

Othello, Coriolanus, Hamlet ... Shakespeare's tragic heroes make unlikely bedfellows for the fallen Hugh Grant, most might reasonably think. But they would be wrong. They have reckoned without the spin doctors, the film publicists, the agents and the magazine editors who are casting him as a tragic hero, a man of depth and mystery; a naive boy who has suddenly found his adulthood and does not quite know how to deal with it.

You know you love it...

So boys were always lads, after all: Jojo Moyes on the rise and rise of lewd, lager-fuelled Loaded If it were human, it would be drunk; a leering, trainer-wearing yob, who, having lurched into a party of Hugo Boss-suited executives, is ranting about the joys of drinking, pulling and Ryan Giggs. But far from turning away in disgust, the sharp-suited executives are peeling off their new-man credentials and joining him.

Male winners

July to December circulation figures for glossy magazines start trickling out this week in their usual uncoordinated way. One of the clearest winners is GQ, Conde Nast's magazine for stylish single men, which reports a 25.7 per cent increase to 126,227 over the same period in 1993. Esquire, published by National Magazines reports a 22 per cent increase to 110,583.

TALK OF THE TRADE : Unsexy copy

Glossy women's magazines, led by Company and Cosmopolitan, have been lynched for their soft-porn approach to sex. Now, panting along behind comes GQ, the men's magazine, with a really awful sex column, "Me and my pussy'' in which new columnist Ka te Spicer literally "puts her privates on parade''

Major fashions image to suit challenge posed by Blair: The Prime Minister's double-breasted look last week excited style gurus. Mary Braid reports

JOHN MAJOR made his position clear in his speech at last week's Conservative Party conference. Oh yes. Tony Blair, youthful, sharp and slick, might be breathing down his neck, but the Prime Minister was interested in policies not image or sound-bites.

Media / Talk of the Trade: . . . and go up and down

MEANWHILE, magazine circulation figures for January to June are beginning to trickle out. ABC has no central system for releasing them, so those with the good news rush it out, while the rest try to bury it. First from the National Magazines stable is Good Housekeeping, sharply edited by Sally O'Sullivan, which trumpets the fact it has officially broken the half million figure with 501,654 for the year (up 9.8 per cent). Conde Nast reports rises of all six titles, with GQ up 16.1 per cent to 109,235 and Tatler up 15.3 per cent at 80,373, its highest circulation ever. Radio Times, which also verifies its circulation figures swiftly, has seen sales fall a further 4 per cent to 1.4 million (compared with the first half of 1993), while IPC expects to confirm that the breezy downmarket What's on TV will have shot up 8 per cent to sales of nearly 1.7 million copies, making it the UK's best-selling magazine.
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