Mike Penner (f.k.a. Christine Daniels) and Autumn Sandeen at the Southern Comfort Conference, 2007From the Los Angeles Times — Mike Penner’s employer — comes to us today with the article Veteran Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead:

Mike Penner, the veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and began working under the byline “Christine Daniels,” has died.

Colleagues said today that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death. He was 52.

“He was one of the most talented writers I’ve ever worked with,” said Times Sports Editor Mike James, adding that Penner covered numerous beats including the National Football League and sports media during his more than two-decade-long career at the paper…

Mike, when he formerly lived as Christine, was someone I considered a peer and a friend. I feel the loss of my friend Mike tremendously.


Update: The “a.k.a” (for “also known as”) was corrected in the PHB headline to f.k.a. (for “formerly known as”).

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