Sam de Brito passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning.
He was 46 years old. Sam was a journalist, an author, a man of the highest caliber, and a loving father. He will be missed.
You may have seen the outpouring of grief from his colleagues, and the public. There is a good reason for that.
I liked Sam very much, and never missed an article he wrote. His raw honesty was mesmerising. He was the embodiment of modern manhood, fit for the 21st century and beyond: funny, sensitive, not afraid of his feelings, and sometimes a little bit out there. I loved him.
Today I invite you to spend time browsing and reading through his past articles. The effort will be well worth it.
From his first piece for Fairfax Media titled ‘All men are liars, why won’t you believe me?,’ to his last, ‘Why parents should share a bed with their children,’ he was a quintessential Australian intellectual and larrikin, with a big heart and big ideas.
If you don’t have the time to browse through the wast catalogue of his work, here area just a few of my favourite pieces over the last couple of years that highlight Sam’s range and uncompromising intellect:
- Somebody knows about Bondi hate crimes (26 June 2015)
- Life is cheap, unless it is Australian (9 May 2015)
- Kochie is better than the Koran (13 March 2015)
- Science, not God, saved him from Ebola (27 August 2014)
- God is with us, unfortunately (24 August 2014)
- Suffer the men, not the little children (29 June 2014)