First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Ian Bell's death was 'devastating' as she paid tribute to the award-winning journalist on Twitter.

The award-winning Herald and Sunday Herald columnist, died yesterday aged 59.

He is survived by his wife Mandy and son Sean.

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Ms Sturgeon tweeted of her shock at the news of his death this morning.

Bell, who supported the Yes campaign during the Scottish independence referendum, began his career as a sub-editor before his move into political journalism. He later wrote as a columnist and leader writer.

In 1997, he won the Orwell Prize for political journalism and he was named Columnist of the Year on several occasions.

Ian Bell wrote a tribute on HeraldScotland to his friend William McIlvanney earlier this week, following his death of Monday.

Tributes have been pouring in for Bell on Twitter.