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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Gilliard Family Statement

The family of Steve Gilliard, wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude for all of the many acts of kindness extended toward us during this sad time. The outpouring of support, the thousands of emails, the tens of thousands of commentary, the thousands of donations, have all overwhelmed us. While we would love to send an individual thank you to each one of you, it is simply not possible. It will take us some time to read all of messages of care, love, sympathy and concern that we have received. We hope that this acknowledgement and expression of our thanks will be received with the love it is meant to express.

As we move forward, it is our desire to gather all of Steve's writing and, if possible, publish it. This will be a lengthy process and we ask for your patience with our efforts. To assist us, if you have links or documents of Steve's writing, we ask that you forward them to Francine Smith at She, along with Steve's sisters will be working on this project together.

Again, our heartfelt thanks to all of you. May God richly bless each one of you and our prayer is that you keep up the fight that Steve was so instrumental in starting. We know it is what he would want you to do.

Be Blessed
The Family of Stephen Gilliard, Jr.