I’m completely speechless.  I was a contributor to SBC’s The Panel and he was such a great guy.

More information from Tony Lee:

James Redington, writer of SBC’s The Panel, also of Portent Comics, the writer and creator of Rob & Ducky and Elite has passed away.

Cher recieved an email via MySpace from his best friend Jamie, who explained that he suffered from an unexpected heart failure last Thursday.

Anyone who’s been to the UK cons will have met him at some point, I was lucky enough to have done several ‘The panel’ panels with him both online and at Bristol and spend many con evenings in the Bar with him. I’m honoured to have known him, and to have called him a friend.

He was a great writer, a passionate lover of comics in all it’s forms and a good man. The comic’s world is that little bit darker with his passing.

I’ll post up details of the service when I get them. I am, understandably a little crushed right now.