For the second time in my life I have logged into Facebook and discovered that someone I like and admire very much has unexpectedly died.
Few details are available but it is reported that Kevin Ash has lost his life on a BMW launch in South Africa.
I would not presume to say that Kevin was a friend of mine but when I was still a Telegraph blogger he took the time to chat with me about writing about motorcycling, which made me feel immensely valued.
After my Telegraph role came to an end we exchanged occasional jokes on Facebook and Twitter. I suppose that doesn't sound like much, but it made me feel like "one of the gang", like a real motorcycle writer. It would have been very easy for Kevin to look down on me - I'm really just a blogger who gets occasional freelance commissions - but he was kind and generous. The world is a poorer place without him in it.
- The photo is from Kevin's Facebook account. I hope he will forgive the breach of copyright.