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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK
Ex-BBC journalist killed in Jamaica
Hugh Crosskill
Tribute: "You made our lives that much more brighter"
One of the Caribbean's most prominent journalists, Hugh Crosskill, has been shot dead in the Jamaican capital, Kingston.


[Crosskill was] the most well-rounded journalist in post-independence Jamaica

Broadcaster Cliff Hughes
Crosskill, 47, had worked for the BBC's Caribbean Service for eight years, before returning to Jamaica and working on local radio there.

Police say they are questioning a security guard who shot the journalist at private medical centre in Kingston early on Friday morning.

The two men had become involved in an argument, after Crosskill had approached a woman on the stairs of the building.

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She told police that Crosskill was holding the guard's waist, before being shot in the chest.

Police have not given any further details about the incident.

Cliff Hughes, who until April co-hosted a local radio talk show with Crosskill, said that he was "the most well-rounded journalist in post-independence Jamaica".

Sporting man

Crosskill was born in the northern English town of Scarborough to a Scottish mother and a Jamaican father.

A tall-bearded man with a very deep, rich voice, he was a keen amateur cricketer and was a stalwart member of the BBC team.

His first came to prominence as a cricket commentator at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s.

He then moved to the Caribbean News Agency, before returning to Britain in 1988 to work for the BBC's Caribbean Service.

In 1996, he took up a job as general manager at Radio Jamaica, before moving to other stations.

Until two months ago, he was co-hosting an afternoon chat show on Power 106FM.

Addiction

In recent years, Crosskill had been battling a drug habit which had at times left him living on the streets.

Last year he spoke publicly on radio in Jamaica about his addiction, and, after undergoing treatment, expressed confidence that he had made a full recovery.

He had been unemployed for the past two months, since leaving his job at Power 106FM.

His brother, Simon Crosskill, is a cricket commentator for Radio Jamaica, and his father, Hugh Crosskill Senior, writes a weekly column in the Jamaica Observer.

Crosskill, who was divorced, is survived by three children.


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I worked with Hugh at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. Thoughtful, Brilliant, Understanding, are some of the adjectives used to describe Hugh. He has left an assignment for his colleagues in the media and that is, to keep the focus on the problems of drug abuse until suitable remedies have been put in place. Rest in Peace Hugh, your work was well done.
Milford Edwards Sr., USA

I, too, played cricket with Hugh for many years when he lived in England. He was a good man who played hard and lived a full life. The world is a sadder place without him and my heart goes out to his family - especially his son Joel - and friends. Wherever he is now, I bet he'll be bowling downhill and batting at number six.
David Boardman, USA

I am greatly shocked and very sad to hear of Mr.Crosskill's tragic passing. It was his clear, strong, deep and sincere voice that that I most admired. Today there aren't many broadcasters gifted with voices that can hook the listener. Crosskill had that voice.
Claudia Mon Louis, Saint Lucia

What a loss to the Caribbean media. Hugh was a huge talent. He believed a great deal in delivering quality coverage of Caribbean developments and always spoke as a Caribbean man. He was, unfortunately, vulnerable to one of life's devils. What a tragedy that we should lose Hugh this way.
Julian E. Rogers, Antigua Barbuda

You cannot know the immense honour and sense of responsibility I felt to sit where he was once did - in the presenter's chair of CANA's landmark regional newsreel, "Caribbean Today", which he began in 1984. He was one of my idols in this profession - sharp wit, superb writing, magnetic on-air charm - he was simply brilliant. And like West Indies cricket, Hugh was an essential ingredient of the glue that keeps these scattered islands together. The Caribbean misses him for there are so few left who understand and love Caribbean radio they way he did.
Julius Gittens, Barbados

Although I have not seen or talked to Hugh in the last six or so years, I regret deeply now that I never will again. I learned a great number of lessons that guided my broadcasting development from Hugh. This is a tragic loss. My best to his loved ones.
Val Lichtenstein, Cayman Islands

We worked together at the JBC in the 1970's. The memories are many but the hurt is worse because of the waste Hugh's demise represents. He was determined and professional and accomplished. While his latter days were marked by so much sadness he made many of us who grew up in the business proud. I pray our God has taken him to His bosom.
Winston F. Barnes, Florida, U S A

My husband and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Hugh Crosskill. I grew up listening to Hugh, and I am deeply saddened to learn of his struggle with the addiction. May the good Lord of heaven comfort you as you go through this very difficult period.
Dawn , USA

How does one express loss of life but to say when the sun rises and when the sun sets, I will remember the days you made our lives that much more brighter and fuller.
Keith W. Kemp, USA

His was the voice of trust. I never questioned anything he said. A great man whose live should be an example to all. He strove for perfection in everything and in his short stint at RJR he remade the wheel.
Kevin Francis, Jamaica

What shocking news. Sleep in peace.
Sandra Everett, England

Mr Crosskill was an outstanding professional, notwithstanding the difficulties he faced in recent times. We should use this tragedy , not as a spectacle, but as a lesson our youth can learn from, in shaping their lives. Condolences to his family and friends.
G Muschette, Jamaica

Hugh Crosskill Junior must have been the envy of every broadcast journalist in the Caribbean. He was masterful, quick on his feet, witty and brilliant. He had a reservoir of knowledge, and at his best, he was everything I wished to be. I was saddened that he had fallen to the point of living on the streets, but, you know what, I loved the man. Rest well my friend, rest well.
Erica Virtue, Jamaica

Respect.
Jim Lilley, England / Jamaica

Hugh and I have had a long relationship dating back to when he worked at the Caribbean News Agency and I at the Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Association. As media persons we exchanged ideas, sought advice from each other and generally worked for the betterment of the media in general and journalism in particular. His contribution is immeasurable. Many young journalists had the opportunity to work with him and they were wiser and more knowledgeable for it. One hopes that his sterling contribution will be remembered rather than his shortcoming.
Ainsley Sahai, Barbados

As a Jamaican I was extremely saddened to hear of Hugh's death. He will be missed. Drugs respect nobody!
Ryan Thomas, Canada

A sad loss to the entire media profession. May his soul rest in peace.
Noel Watson, Guyana

Hugh had a superb radio voice and style, and an authority and professionalism almost unrivalled in Caribbean radio. I shall miss him. And I'm furious with a Caribbean that could allow such a man to end in such a way.
Jeremy Taylor, Trinidad & Tobago

Hugh was a very close friend while I worked for the BBC. He had captained the BBC cricket team that I had played in for many years in the 80s and 90s. He was a man who had many fine qualities, who had a deep and rich understanding of the world and human nature. I will miss a dear and valued friend more than I can express. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this time of extreme distress.
Hugh Coughlan, England

The security guard may well have held the "smoking gun", but, without a doubt, it was the drug dealers who killed Hugh. And, as such, all of us who are silent to this evil - we who know, are relatives of, or friends with drug dealers - we too did our little part in the death of yet another innocent.
Sandra Ann, Jamaica

May Hugh find the peace he may have sought from drugs finally in a better place. Walk good Hugh, walk good!
Joy L., Canada

Rest now brother. Amen.
Ramon Flores, New York

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