Former journalist, Marc Lourdes passed on in a fatal accident yesterday. As per a New Straits Times (NST) report, Marc was involved in a head-on collision with a four-wheel drive at KM40 Jalan Kota Baru-Kuala Krai while riding a motorcycle.
40-year-old Marc left behind his wife and his mother.
Machang district police chief Deputy Superintendent Ganti Jimmy reportedly said Marc was riding towards Kota Baru when his motorcycle collided with a car coming from the opposite direction.
Marc had worked with leading Malaysian publications like The Star, New Straits Times, afterwards joining Yahoo Malaysia as the portal’s editor-in-chief. With Yahoo, he relocated to Singapore as the editor for Yahoo Southeast Asia before joining CNN as the Digital Director.
He was currently serving as the Regional Digital Content Director with the Tatler Asia Group. In an article paying homage to the departed much loved and respected content creator and journalist, Michel Lamunière, CEO and Chairman of Tatler Asia Group, said, “Marc was a great person and a true professional. He was intelligent, cultured, had a great sense of humour and a love of life. We will all miss his presence greatly and offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, his wife Darshini and his friends all over the world.”
Himanshu Verma, Founder and CEO, Connected to India, said, “I am devastated to read about this development. Straight shooting Marc never held back his opinion on any subject. He had his way with people and got along with everyone. He was liked and respected in equal measure."
"It was while working with Marc on Malaysia’s first short film awards called Cili Padi, I realised his business acumen was as sharp as his journalistic abilities. It is a travesty that a person of his talent has been taken away so soon,” Himanshu added.