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Tributes paid to journalist found dead at home

Tributes have been paid to Brighton journalist Rowan Dore, who has been found dead at his home.

The 56-year-old had worked for The Argus, joining in 1997 for what was his second stint on the paper.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Rowan (pictured) first joined The Argus in the 1970s, having previously worked at the Harrow Observer.

In 1976 he joined the Press Association, and reported on trials at the Old Bailey and on political issues at Parliament for 21 years until he rejoined The Argus.

He was a supporter of the arts and reviewed countless shows and plays and interviewed many stars of film and stage.

Michael Beard, editor of The Argus, said: “Rowan could turn his hand to any issue and he regularly produced front page articles and exclusive stories.

“A true professional, Rowan was much loved by his colleagues.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Martyn Willis, managing director of Newsquest Sussex, which owns The Argus, said: “We are all deeply saddened by Rowan’s death.

“He was known by so many people around Brighton and Hove and his home village of Rottingdean.

“Rowan will be greatly missed by everyone.”

Simon Dack, chief photographer at The Argus, added: “Rowan had a huge sense of fun.

“He was one of the best journalists to work with.”

Rowan, whose wife Sally died in 1989, leaves three daughters, a son and a sister.