A former regional journalist who went on to become well-known in the music press has died aged 60.
Mark, pictured, later went on to work for Bloomberg for many years, serving as its chief rock music critic.
He also wrote for Forbes magazine as a contributor and most recently was editor of Dante magazine, according to an obituary by Talking Biz News.
Former Guardian editor David Scott told HTFP: “He worked for me when I edited the Banbury Guardian and then was part of the launch team for the Birmingham Daily News in 1984.
“He was a very popular member of the team. The sort of guy everybody got on with.”
Posting on Twitter, Bloomberg business journalist Alex Webb added: “What a great loss. Mark Beech was a tremendous guy and a terrific journalist.”