Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Indianapolis remembers Matt Tully

Oct 30, 2018
In The News

Today, we are at a loss for words.

Former IndyStar columnist Matt Tully has died. He died at 49 years old on Monday evening, two years after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He and his wife, Valerie, have a 7-year-old son, Reid.

Matt had been a reporter and columnist for IndyStar since 2002. The impact he had on our newsroom, and our community, was immeasurable. 

Many Hoosiers took a moment Tuesday to remember Matt. Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement: "Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully. I always respected Matt’s passion for writing, love for Indiana and his commitment to a quality education for every Hoosier child. We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his wife Valerie, their young son Reid, and to all his friends and colleagues during this difficult time." 

Read what others have said on social media:

Congresswoman Susan Brooks:

Matt Tully will be deeply missed. My heart and prayers go out to his family and to his friends and colleagues at the @indystar. He truly was a wonderful soul. My complete statement below >> https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/10/30/matthew-tully-obituary-indystar-columnist-dies/1817801002/ …

In today's world, we need strong voices that challenge our thinking, that show the power of the human spirit, that offer hope, and that tell stories with heart.  Matt Tully was such a voice, and he will be deeply missed.  It was an honor to know him, and I'm grateful for his honest, fair and intelligent approach to journalism.  My heart and prayers go out to his family and to his friends and colleagues at the Indy Star. He truly was a wonderful soul.