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Gavin MacFadyen Cause of Death: How Did the Journalist Die?

Gavin MacFadyen has passed away. (Getty)

Gavin MacFadyen has passed away. (Getty)

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 you need to know.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism posted an article on Saturday, October 22, about MacFadyen’s passing. The Centre did not, however, mention a cause of death at first. Later, they amended the story to clarify that MacFadyen died of lung cancer on October 22. He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away.

MacFadyen founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2003 to address a worsening climate regarding in-depth reporting and journalism. He trained thousands of reporters around the world and mentored many who went on to have amazing careers. CIJ describes MacFadyen as “one of life’s bravest, most passionate and courageous souls…” CIJ’s article goes on to read:

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, tweets that were shared before his cause of death was announced indicating that he had been suffering from ill health:

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.

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  1. This is a message from Gavin’s colleagues at the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Please update your article. Gavin died of lung cancer, surrounded by his family and friends. He battled the illness for some months and will be very much missed by his colleagues and friends.

    • I am new here & dont have a twitter account but saw on YouTube about the sudden death of Assange’s Wikileaks partner & wanted to send my condolences to all employees, to Assange & to his partners wife. I hope u all don’t mind my barging in without an account. I tried to post earlier but don’t know if it posted. I had said too, that I had read an article the other day where this guy in England had said he was the one that had done the hacking of Podestas emails & was really enjoying fact that USA was blaming Putin & Russia, knowing it wud cause friction tween them & with that along with his hacking the emails, he was getting some sort of revenge on the cause of the US not allowing him to enter & work there. Don’t know when that event took place. His article didnt say. If any of you cud get Assange to contact me by my email address, I hav further info for him ONLY!! I’m not a reporter, politician, nothin! Just a private citizen absolutely lovin what Assange & u guys are doin!! I’m in the US. I think u guys wud lov knowing that those Podesta emails hav really shook things up 4 those still in WH & 4 Hillary Clinton & the Republican party! Its way over due 4 the Clintons 2 get their just due punishments!! Watch the 1994 “The Clinton Chronicles” & the 2016 “The New Clinton Chronicles” & the 2015 “Madena Investigations”!! The complete updated stories of Bill Clinton Murders & of Hillary Clinton Body Count has been done!!! Enjoy! My name? “Jan”. My email: shepherd.37.jana.06@gmail.com
      Please try 2 get Assange my msg as I don’t know how & as u can see..I don’t txt as short as u guys do, I dont txt that often. Thank u 4 any help u giv me. Again..Im terribly sorry 4 ur alls loss of such a wonderful & inspirational & brave man!