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Heart failure caused journalist’s sudden death aged 48, family reveal

James MillsA former regional journalist who died suddenly aged 48 suffered heart failure, it has been revealed.

The cause of death has been confirmed following a postmortem examination on James Mills, who worked for Wolverhampton’s Express & Star and the Shropshire Star before going on to a Fleet Street career.

James, pictured, was working as a senior foreign correspondent for Mail Online at the time of his death on 2 March.

His funeral is to be restricted to immediate family only because of the coronavirus crisis, and will be held in his home town of Stafford on 3 April.

His father Arthur, himself a former Shropshire Star journalist, told HTFP: “A postmortem revealed he died from heart failure. He had recently started at the Mail Online as a senior foreign correspondent.

“A memorial event is to be arranged for a later date to celebrate James’s life with all his family and with his many friends and former colleagues.

“His family would like to thank everyone who sent messages of condolence and support by card, letter or via social media.”

Meanwhile a memorial service for long-serving Chichester Observer journalist Peter Homer has been cancelled.

Peter died earlier this year aged 77.