The British restaurant critic AA Gill has died after a short battle with cancer, it has been announced. He was 62.

Revealing his illness in an interview last month, the writer said it prompted his successful proposal to Nicola Formby, his partner of nearly a quarter of a century.

Mr Gill was diagnosed only recently after family concerns about his rapid weight loss.

In a nod to his career as a food writer, Mr Gill referred to his diagnosis as a "full English" of cancers.

His death was confirmed by the Sunday Times, for whom he was a long-standing columnist.

He died this morning.

Friends and colleagues on the newspaper were informed of his death by editor Martin Ivens, who described the celebrated critic - known to some by his first name Adrian - as "a giant among journalists".

His final column will be featured in tomorrow's edition.

In his memo to staff, Mr Ivens said: "It is with profound sadness that I must tell you that our much-loved colleague Adrian Gill died this morning.

"Adrian was stoical about his illness, but the suddenness of his death has shocked us all.

"Characteristically he has had the last word, writing an outstanding article about coming to terms with his cancer in tomorrow's Sunday Times Magazine.

"He was the heart and soul of the paper. His wit was incomparable, his writing was dazzling and fearless, his intelligence was matched by compassion.

"Adrian was a giant among journalists. He was also our friend. We will miss him."

Journalists and colleagues also paid moving tributes to Mr Gill, with Financial Times editor Lionel Barber hailing him as the "king of irreverent critics".