The UK Mac world is one man smaller today, with the death of Tony Tyler, a long-time contributor to both Macworld and Mac User magazines.

Tyler, full name James Edward Anthony Tyler, was born in Bristol in October 1943, was married twice, and died in Hastings, East Sussex on Saturday, 28 October 2006.

Tyler has a rich history as a writer. A former NME editor (described as "inspirational" by his colleagues of the time), he authored The Tolkien Companion and The Beatles: an illustrated record.

He also gave Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons their break into working at the NME in 1977.

Tyler was diagnosed with his fatal cancer just eleven days before he died. At that time he said: "Shit happens, but I'm completely cool with this."

The Independent has published an excellent obituary of the man.

Macworld's thoughts are with Tyler's friends and family.