Tributes have been paid to the Scottish journalist and author Deborah Orr, who has died aged 57.
The former Guardian and Independent writer’s death was confirmed over the weekend by her family.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Orr wrote candidly about living with the disease.
Her friend Observer columnist Catherine Bennett described Orr as “one of the cleverest, most unconventional, most fearless people on the planet”.
She is survived by her two sons, Ivan and Luther, from her marriage with fellow writer Will Self, as well as her stepchildren, Alexis and Madeleine.
Orr, who was born in Motherwell, joined the Guardian in 1990, becoming the first female editor of its Weekend magazine before she was 30.
According to the publication her “refusal to suffer fools was legendary”, as was her “pitch-black humour”.
‘Sardonic, clever, bright’
“Really shocked and upset to hear about the death of Deborah Orr,” wrote Guardian columnist, Owen Jones.
“When I first started writing she invited me round to hers, we got merry together, she was so witty, sardonic, clever, bright. RIP Deborah.”
Comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi noted how there were “so many beautiful tributes to Deborah Orr” on her Twitter timeline on Monday, calling it “a huge loss to journalism, to writing”.
“I read so much of her work over the years… Her always fiercely intelligent point of view,” she added.
Orr went on to work for Independent in 1999, before returning to The Guardian as a columnist for almost a decade.
She also agreed a deal to publish her first book – a memoir, which is due out next year. Writer John Niven was given an early copy and predicted it will be “a huge hit”.