We lost a great one today, folks. Katherine Ludwig, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the seminal and groundbreaking Metal Maniacs magazine lost her battle with cancer this afternoon.
As readers may recall, we highlighted her struggle back in August of last year and helped raise awareness for a crowd fund to pay for her treatment and medical expenses. Many of you responded and donated generously and those funds helped Katherine through a very difficult time. Sadly, things didn’t have the happy ending we all hoped for.
During her time at the helm of Metal Maniacs, the magazine became an indispensable companion to the pre-internet metal fan, and her wit, insight and warmth made the publication feel like a community of friends. The joy and passion she brought to her job spilled off the pages, and her style and approach have always been a big influence on my work here at AMG.
The importance of her pioneering role in the male dominated field of metal journalism cannot be overstated, but more importantly, she was a kind and gentle person and a woman of strong ideals and principles. I’m a better person for having known her and she will be missed.
Safe travels, Katherine. Rest in peace.