October 22, 2016 By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Gavin MacFadyen has passed away. The Centre for Investigative Journalism tweeted the news about its founder on Saturday, after WikiLeaks created a stir when it tweeted a photo of MacFadyen without any explanation. How did the highly respected investigative journalist die?
Here’s what we know so far.
His loyalty to those under attack from powerful forces, particularly whistleblowers and journalistic groups like Wikileaks, will remain a beacon for years to come.”
MacFadyen’s passing fueled conspiracy theories from some, who were concerned about WikiLeaks’ supporters following rumors about Julian Assange and news that his Internet connection was cut at the Ecuador Embassy. However, it appears — based on a few tweets shared before his death — that MacFadyen might have been suffering from ill health.
Gavin MacFadyen, purest and bravest human I’ve ever met. The countless people that love you are with you now, sending u our love and thanks! pic.twitter.com/ypPSn0jrwR
— Matt Kennard (@KennardMatt) October 20, 2016
We send our loving thoughts to Gavin MacFadyen and his family at this very difficult time. pic.twitter.com/hZKiIlujaA
— The Whistler (@Whistler_News) October 19, 2016
However, the exact nature of his death has not yet been released. We will update this story as we have more information. In the meantime, many are taking to Twitter to share their sadness about MacFadyen’s passing. And the Center for Investigative Journalism has requested that anyone with memories and stories about MacFadyen email GavinTributes@tcij.org with their stories.
Thank you for your support & inspiration dear & brave Gavin MacFadyen. RIP pic.twitter.com/RXjuEGXK4s
— Angela Richter (@AngelaRichter_) October 22, 2016
Was hoping Gavin MacFadyen had taken over for Assange (since cut off). Very sad to hear of his illness & passing. Keep fighting @wikileaks
— =^..^= (@LibertyLynx) October 22, 2016
The world needs more people like Gavin MacFadyen. A terrible loss ❤️ https://t.co/hVCzmYm5t9
— Christian (@TalkNerdyToMe72) October 22, 2016
— The Keto Girl (@TheKetoGirl1) October 22, 2016
— Mimi (@partystraws) October 22, 2016
Gavin MacFadyen lived a meaningful life dedicated to truth and justice. He was a friend. Terribly sad. Signing off. https://t.co/LnysddZYI3
— David Mirza Ahmad (@attractr) October 22, 2016