Friends’ shock at death of Maida Vale journalist in Hampstead car crash

Tributes have been paid to a journalist who died after suffering major head injuries after he was involved in an accident with a car in Hampstead.

Laurence Gunn, 32, of Shirland Road in Maida Vale, died on March 3 after the crash in East Heath Road, at the junction with Downshire Hill, at around 7pm.

He was treated at the scene and rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, but died the following day.

The driver of a Ford Focus was arrested and has been bailed to return to a Camden police station early in April.

It has been reported that Mr Gunn had been walking his dog on Hampstead Heath at the time.

Mr Gunn studied English at the University of Southampton before working for magazine publisher Incisive Media for four years, where he was promoted to production editor for a number of titles.

He left the company last summer to work as a freelancer and started an online health and fitness blog.

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Away from work, his hobbies included playing and writing music, motor sports and football.

Paying tribute to him on Twitter, Incisive Media group editorial director David Worsfold said: “Shocked to hear of the death of Laurence Gunn. One of the nice guys.”

Journalist Tom Royal also said: “Shocked and saddened by news about Laurence Gunn. Lovely guy, great loss”.

An inquest into Mr Gunn’s death was opened and adjourned at St Pancras Coroner’s Court last week.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Det Supt Clare Bevis on 020 8998 5319.