By Samantha Yanks | October 17, 2016 | People
We are saddened to report that our beloved Seen & Heard entertainment columnist and 'Gotham' and 'Hamptons' magazine contributor Jeffrey Slonim has passed away. 'Gotham' and 'Hamptons' Editor-in-Chief and Jeffrey’s longtime friend Samantha Yanks has written a tribute in remembrance of the prolific journalist.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to entertainment editor Jeffrey Slonim, a columnist and contributor at both Gotham and Hamptons. I have had the great fortune of working with Jeffrey for over a decade. He brought a deep adoration for his craft to the magazines, and always had a unique point of view on reporting. His elegant, old-school approach made him one of a kind.
Over the course of his 25-year career, Jeffrey established himself as one of New York's most important entertainment editors. He covered the red carpet, yes, but more importantly, he went behind the velvet rope, recorder in hand, to have one-on-one conversations with top talent. Celebrities never shied away from Jeffrey—he was always fair, and most of them thought of him as a friend. People read his columns religiously; his absence will be felt keenly by Gotham's and Hamptons' editors as well as their readers.
From covering the carpet to his own inspired preppy looks, Jeffrey loved style. Known for his love of seersucker, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, and a classic pair of Nantucket reds, Jeffrey topped his looks with straw hats, and his artfully spray-painted Jeep Wagoneer which was known around town. On the red carpet in New York, he was always elegant, dapper, and in a tuxedo.
But it was his role as a husband and father that gave me the greatest connection to Jeffrey. He had such unbelievable pride in his children. We would always make sure to catch up on what his boys, Finbarr and Declan, were doing for the summer and on the adventures he and his wife, Fiona Moore, were taking in the Hamptons.
To his family, I wish nothing but love, strength, and peace. I will miss you, Jeffrey.
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