The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has said its president, Michael Triplett, has died. 

Mr Triplett, who was an assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA, was 48 years old, reports ABC.

The association released an email saying that Mr Triplett had cancer, and that he died on Thursday. Through a spokesperson, Bloomberg said he died in Alabama, where he was visiting family. He lived in Washington.

The NLGJA said in a statment on its website: “Michael was truly a joy for all of us to work with, and his loss will be felt among our organisation for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his partner, Jack and his family in Alabama.”

Mr Triplett was a board member at the Washington chapter of the NLGJA, before becoming president of that chapter. He became president of the national association in 2012.

He worked on the daily tax report at Bloomberg BNA, and had worked with there since 2000. 

Mr Triplett was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the American University Washington College of Law.