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Prominent Author And Columnist Sam De Brito Found Dead

He was 46.

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Prominent Fairfax columnist Sam de Brito has been found dead in his Sydney home.

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Fairfax media reports the popular author and father-of-one was found in his North Bondi home on Monday morning.

De Brito was known for his heartfelt and often straightforward writing on everything from raising his daughter, to technology, sexuality and vegetarianism.

The author's family has released a statement via Fairfax.

"The family and friends of the writer and journalist Sam de Brito have been devastated by his sudden death this morning."

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

"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 final column, published just yesterday, was an ode to his five-year-old daughter and the special bond they shared.

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"Homo sapiens and our sibling, Homo erectus, survived more than 2 million years sleeping with their children," he wrote. "And when I draw my daughter into my chest, smell her hair and mumble love in the quiet hours of the night, I feel more a father, more human, than any other time in my day.

Most of all my daughter wakes calm and happy ... before she sits on my head.

The news was greeted with sadness and shock amongst his friends, colleagues and fans.

Man reading De Brito's column was always worth the time

Such tragic news about Sam De Brito. His passion to push for more Aboriginal people in newsrooms inspired me years ago when we first met.

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We're very sad to hear of the death of Sam De Brito this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

This is so terribly, horribly, awfully sad “@smh: Fairfax columnist Sam de Brito found dead in North Bondi home.”

I was a young cadet when I met Sam de Brito. He was very generous with his time and advice and stayed in touch. Such a sad, tragic loss.

De Brito loved his daughter so much. I remember sitting with him as he showed video of her walking and he was in tears.

Sam de Brito wrote with originality, diversity of subject, and a lovely undertone of "screw you if you don't like it". He was brilliant #RIP

so sad to hear about sam de brito. his columns taught me how to have a voice and own your opinions which helped shape my career. farewell ❤️

The best job Sam de Brito ever had, by his own reckoning, was being a dad. Go well, Sam. My heart breaks for your family & beloved daughter.

NSW police have confirmed they were called to de Brito's Bondi home at around 8am on Monday morning. A spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death and ruled out suicide as a cause.

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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