Family and the journalism community are mourning the loss of veteran journalist Sidmel Estes, the first woman president of the National Association of Black Journalists. She died at the age of 60 at an Atlanta hospital after suffering from unnamed illnesses, The Root reports.
According to a fundraiser page created by friends, Estes needed help covering medical expenses as she had no health insurance. Her rare illness required expensive treatments. Estes was working as an adjunct professor before her contract was ended when she became too sick to work.