Russel ShawThis is sad news for the BlackBerry World... I just found out tech journalist and BlackBerry guru Russell Shaw passed away on Friday, March 14th. He was on a reporting trip in San Jose, traveling from his home base in Portland, Oregon.

Russell wrote on a variety of topics, but in the BlackBerry space you could find him writing originally for BBHub and more recently for ZDNet covering The BlackBerry Beat. Russell was always the first to bring to the blogosphere word of new BlackBerry patents filed by Research in Motion. Searching back through, I don't think a month has gone by in the past year where we haven't linked to a story that Russell "broke".

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Russell and his family. He will truly be missed.

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