It is with the most profound sadness that I have to report the the untimely passing of Russell Shaw, a blogger, journalist and friend.
Russell passed away suddenly in his hotel room in San Jose Thursday night or early Friday morning. According to his girlfriend whom I spoke with after being advised of Russell's unexpected death by CNET Editor in Chief, Dan Farber just moments ago.
According to Ellen, Russell had been suffering a very bad cold for a few days and been traveling across the USA. She spoke to him the night before and they were discussing how he could return back to Portland. He was found by the hotel housekeeper when he didn't answer his door after check out time on Friday, having traveled to Silcon Valley to attend eComm.
I know all of us in the VoIP world will miss his style, wit and friendly manner.
Rest In Peace, Russell, from all of us.
Update: Dan Farber, Editor in Chief of CNET, and Russell's former editor at ZD-Net adds his thoughts.
Update 3: Last night Thomas Howe, Jim Courtney, Truphone's James Body, my wife Helene and Lee Dryburgh paid our respect to Russell in a local eater over a bottle of wine. One of the comments Russell's lady friend Ellen said to me when I spoke to her was how "Russell always came home talking about the wine dinner you organize." Somehow this year's won't be the same. Russ was always one of the first to ask me about them and I know he was planning to attend this coming week's dinner.