The angling world is in mourning following the news that Kev Green, a top angling journalist and former editor of Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine, has lost his battle with cancer.
Kev, 40, was one of the best respected angling journalists of his generation, starring in several books and DVDs alongside his editorial work. Close friend Dave Harrell paid tribute to Kev on his Facebook page: "It is with great sadness that I must report the passing away of Kevin Green, a man who will be known to many thousands of people as the editor of Improve Your Coarse Fishing.
"To those of us who knew him as more than just that we have lost a good friend and a hard working, kind and generous family man. I can't believe we won't see him again and my sincere condolences go to his wife, his two young children and his family.
"I worked with Kevin many times on features for Angling Times and Improve Your Coarse Fishing and every time was a real pleasure.
"They say that everything happens for a reason but I can't see why this should happen to one of the nicest guys I have ever met.
"Rest in peace Kev, you will be sadly missed but not forgotten."
David Hall, owner of David Hall Publishing said of Kevin:
"As Mick Jagger reminded me on so many occasions "You can't always get what you want." That was most certainly the case with Kevin Green. I have lost count of the number of times I tried to wrestle him away from what was EMAP and is now BAUER. But it was never going to happen. He loved his job as editor of Improve Your Coarse Fishing and he wasn't going to leave for me or anybody else.
I got to know Kevin very early early on in his career when he joined the Angling Times as a cub reporter. It was clear from the out set that he could write, but more important, he wasn't a bad angler at all. But even more important he was a hell of a nice feller and we got along just fine.
Over the period I made him all kinds of offers to leave Improve and come over to DHP, but he'd found his niche, he'd found the career he wanted. He was an angling journalist. He wasn't an angler who did a bit of writing and he wasn't a writer who did a bit of fishing. He was, like Stan Piecha, Kevin Willmot, Gareth Purnell and myself, an angling journalist and he was a damn good one.
His illness was short lived thank goodness. He died just a few days before his fortieth birthday and leaves a wife, Jo and a young family . He also leaves an empty chair at BAUER that will take some some filling. It is a nonsense to suggest that you can't get along with your competitors, or even admire them. Kevin and I got along just fine together. He was a good journalist, a good angler, good company and I shall miss him."