Author and Fairfax columnist Sam de Brito found dead in North Bondi home

Author and Fairfax columnist Sam de Brito has died, aged 46. Photo: James Brickwood Sam de Brito’s columnsLeave your condolences mourns for de Brito​The first column de Brito wrote for FairfaxSam de Brito’s final column

Author and popular Fairfax columnist Sam de Brito has died in his eastern suburbs home.

The father-of-one was found dead at a North Bondi address on Monday morning.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious or a suicide.

“The family and friends of the writer and journalist Sam de Brito have been devastated by his sudden death this morning,” his family said in a statement.

“Sam, 46, has revelled in parenthood and was a wonderful and devoted father to his daughter, Anoushka, 5.

“He will also be remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, as well as a distinguished columnist and author.

“His family asks for privacy at this time as they grieve for the loss of Sam and await the results of a coroner’s report.”

De Brito’s career as a writer spanned more than two decades.

He worked in TV, film and newspapers. He also wrote five books including No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty, The Lost Boys and Hello Darkness.

He began writing his All Men Are Liars column for Fairfax in 2006 with his last column published in The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age on Sunday.

The editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, Darren Goodsir, extended his sympathies to the family of de Brito, who had been one of the newspaper’s most popular and respected columnists.

“With his authentic views, and raw, colourful take on life, he attracted a large online audience, drawn to his forthright commentary,” Goodsir said.

“He was certainly not one for political correctness, and had very broad interests – being equally able to match cheek and controversy with empathy.

“Sam was just at home with American sports as he was with popular culture, world affairs and politics.

Goodsir said de Brito’s final column, about his young daughter and his experience with co-sleeping was typical of his “beautiful, intensely personal style”.

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