Former Mammalian Daily reporter and columnist Anselm Alpaca has died.
In a statement released this morning, Alpaca’s family confirmed that he died “of natural causes” last night at the Park Hospital for the Afflicted and Infirm. Alpaca was nineteen years old.
At the time of his death, Alpaca was working for The Equine Echo, but he spent the better part of his career as a reporter and columnist for The Mammalian Daily, where he was known as a “star.”
“He was the gold standard,” said Mammalian Daily managing editor Orphea Haas in a statement this afternoon.
“He was extremely thorough, he refused to print anything for which he had fewer than four sources, and he gave everyone a fair hearing. There was no journalist like him at any paper in The Park. We were lucky to have him for so long.”
Even after his departure, Alpaca retained his friendships with journalists and support staff at The Mammalian Daily, many of whom describe him as “a great champion of Animals.”
Hamilton Snowcock of The Canary Courier agrees.
“He was on our side, no matter what species you were from,” he said. “He was just a great Animal who believed, above all, in fairness.”
Alpaca also taught part-time at the University of West Terrier’s Cuthbert School of Journalism, where his students say he was always available for them and happy to give students as much time as they needed.
Alpaca leaves his mate Gillian and two sons, Ronald and Stanley.
Funeral arrangements are pending.