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MERTENS, David John Bridges

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MERTENS, David John Bridges

Died peacefully at home on 19 October 2019, aged 73. Wonderful husband to Sarah and father to Nick, Will and John Charles and grandfather of Byron, Aralai, Holly, Theo and Lily. Will be sadly missed.
The following article was published in The Sun, in October 2019:

Legendary Sun night news editor David Mertens has died aged 73.

“Merts,” known for his booming voice and brilliant man-management, died at home on Saturday after battling cancer.

He started on the Kent Messenger in 1964 for £8 a week, then went on to the News of the World, Daily Star, Sunday MirrorDaily Sport, Today and The Sun.

David wrote hundreds of exclusives and covered the Falklands War.

On The Sun he ended every working day with his cheery salute: “Another great day for British journalism.”

Ex-Sun Royal Editor Charles Rae said: “David was the ultimate professional, a perfect gentleman and the best boss you could ever hope for.”

(MH 59-64)

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