Respected newsman Deon du Plessis dies

2011-09-11 21:31

Johannesburg - The founder of the Daily Sun, Deon du Plessis, died from acute bronchitis at his home at the age of 59 in Johannesburg on Sunday.

"Deon's death leaves a huge void. He was a consummate journalist and a taskmaster of note," Daily Sun's editor-in-chief Themba Khumalo said in a statement.

"A big man in every sense of the word, Du Plessis transformed the newspaper landscape when he founded Daily Sun in 2002, in partnership with Media24," colleague and design consultant for the newspaper Richard McNeill said.

Du Plessis was an Argus Africa journalist, after which he became the editor of the Pretoria News and then managing director of Gauteng newspapers at Independent Newspapers, where he came up with the idea of the Daily Sun.

He then left Independent and joined Media24, who helped fund the newspaper with him.

The Daily Sun is a tabloid which shook the newspaper industry, uncovering a whole new layer of newspaper readership amongst lower income groups.

Another brain child of Du Plessis was the Sunday Sun.

"His death is devastating for us all. It is hard to imagine the Daily Sun without him," said Media24's emerging markets CEO Fergus Sampson.

  • I Like Everything - 2011-09-11 22:44

    I really really like the Daily Sun's legendary headlines.. This is a sad loss to the industry.. RIP

  • SUNSHINEGUN™ - 2011-09-11 23:44

    Homem grande viagem segura. We will miss you.

  • Charlene Smith - 2011-09-12 01:21

    Deon was a remarkable man - love to his wife and beloved daughter - Charlene Smith

  • ewald - 2011-09-12 03:16

    Sad to hear. Anyone knows how the bronchitis started and ended up deadly..I ask with respect and concern.

  • Paul Nel - 2011-09-12 07:59

    Thanks for the interesting times at the Pretoria News. Legend! Rest in Peace Captain. Paul Nel

  • Paul Nel - 2011-09-12 08:02

    Thanks for the interesting times at the Pretoria News. Legend! Rest in Peace Captain. Paul Nel

  • zerildi - 2011-09-12 10:09

    Rest in Peace boss . . . the office feels empty without you.

  • Marianne Loubser - 2011-09-12 10:42

    Deon was a remarkable man. His passing will leave a huge void in the industry. Condolences to his family

  • Shando - 2011-10-06 11:53


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