Former British Weekly columnist David Botsford dead at 49

The British Weekly received some sad news on Thursday with the death of David Botsford, a former columnist for this newspaper, and an occasional guest editor, most recently in April of 2012. David died at his mother’s home in central London. The cause of death was not available at press time. He was just 49 years old.

david-botsford   David Botsford (left) was a history graduate of King’s College, London, who held a variety of jobs in film production, editing and information technology before moving into hypnotherapy in the early 1990s. He had a busy practice in London’s Notting Hill and Harley Street, specializing in smoking cessation and eating disorders. He moved to Florida four years ago, hoping to expand his business into the American market.

David was a talented writer and a kind and generous friend to all who knew him. He was also a gifted raconteur and a lively dinner table companion. As one of his friends wrote this week on Facebook: ‘Whenever David was around there was never a dull moment, he always had something interesting to say whatever the subject being discussed and liked nothing better than the intellectual challenge of arguing against the status quo.’

David leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth, and his mother, Pamela. He will be greatly missed by this newspaper, and by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.