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Sunday newspaper columnist dies after short illness aged 38

Craig Alexander WilsonA Sunday newspaper’s beauty editor known for his “witty one-liners” has died aged 38 following a short illness.

Tributes have been paid to Craig Alexander Wilson, pictured left, who held the role with the Sunday Mail for 16 years.

Craig, who also owned a beauty salon in Prestwick, near Ayr, had worked with famous people including Amy Macdonald and Atomic Kitten over the course of his career.

He died after a short illness in the Golden Jubilee Hospital, in Clydebank, surrounded by family including partner Will Raeburn, parents Alex and Carine and brother Greig.

His friend Mickey McMonagle, who edits Sunday Mail magazine, said: “Craig was one of the kindest, happiest, compassionate people I’ve had the privilege to know.”

Mail editor Brendan McGinty added: “Craig will be missed by Sunday Mail readers and by everyone who knew him.”

His partner Will, 45, paid tribute to “the kindest person I ever met”.

He said: “He would have given you his last penny or the shirt off his back. If someone admired something he was wearing, he would take it off and give it to them.

“He was always doing things for charity and last year raised more than £6500 for The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow through a music and dance afternoon.

“He was also a big supporter of the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards and acted as a judge for the Young Scot Awards.”

Craig died on New Year’s Eve and his funeral was held on Friday.