In Memoriam: TONY‘s Andrew Johnston, 1968-2008

Some sad news hit the media community on Sunday night when Time Out New York Time In editor Andrew Johnston passed away at the age of 40.

Michael Freidson, TONY‘s editor, wrote to us in Johnston’s memory:

“Last night, Andrew Johnston, Time In editor at Time Out New York (and former film critic for Us Weekly, and onetime head of the New York Film Critics’ Circle) died of cancer. He was 40. Covering TV and film, Andrew championed the works that needed help (“The Wire”, “Battlestar,” “Torchwood”) always with a slightly geeky edge (he called “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” “pure cinema”) and was no less passionate in real life. In our office, there’s silence where he once sat—and we miss the noise.

Josh Rothkopf, the magazine’s film critic remembers Johnston on the TONY blog. There will also be a full page in the next issue dedicated to his memory. For information about the memorial service, send an email here.

We send Johnston’s family our sympathies.