The Resident’s first irrepressible news reporter found dead in Colorado

The Resident’s first irrepressible news reporter found dead in Colorado

It is with huge sadness that the Resident learnt today of the death of our first news reporter, Dominic Di-Natale, aged just 43.
Dominic worked at the Resident in its earliest days in 1989 and everyone who can remember that far back will recall the irrepressible enthusiasm he had for news reporting even though at the time he was not long out of the International School.
As Wikipedia reports, “Di-Natale became notorious for his sensational, if-it-bleeds-it-leads approach to news gathering. Many of the stories were about crime – drug lords, violence and murder. This often caused considerable consternation of the paper’s expatriate readership, most of whom had escaped Northern Europe to sleepy southern Portugal to avoid such social upheavals.”
But Di-Natale thrived on upheavals. His enthusiasm for news reporting led him far from his base in the Algarve and saw the self-style global nomad rapidly rise to journalistic fame, first freelancing in UK for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, News of the World and even the Financial Times, before moving over to television, reporting for Sky, then the BBC and finally Fox News, always reporting from world hotspots.
His many singular moments include reports he developed as a war correspondent in the Middle East – including a 15-minute film he made in Afghanistan focusing on post-traumatic stress suffered by American soldiers – and the spectacular decision to chisel a brick out of the compound in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was shot.
That brick is now in the 9/11 museum in New York, donated by Di-Natale who explained his motivation, saying: “America is the greatest country in the world. It is the least I could do.”
Tributes to the irrepressible journalist who started out as a rookie on the Algarve Resident have already filled many newspapers’ column inches.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly delivered a special message three days ago, in which she paid homage to Dominic’s passion for news reporting, describing him not only as “fearless” but “relentless” in his pursuit of a good story.
What viewers did not know, she added, “and what I will remember most about him, is how hard he worked behind-the-scenes to help our men and women in uniform. I lost count of the number of times he asked for help for something he was working on for our troops”.
As his first news editor in the Algarve, I lost count of the number of times I would shake my head in disbelief over the stories he burst through the door with at the 11th hour on press day. How many people would we defame if we ran things the way he had written them? Heavily pregnant at the time, I would get my red pen out with a sigh. But Dominic’s enthusiasm made up for all the potential libel.
Only he would have spent hours up a tree in the dark with an Instamatic camera, waiting to snap a politician as he came out of a brothel.
As it happened, the politician was no fool. He must have spotted the Algarve Resident reporter among the foliage – and he left by the back exit.
Dominic is understood to have taken his own life as a result of serious, undisclosed health issues.
His body was found in his apartment in Jefferson County, Colorado, last Wednesday.
Dominic is survived by his father Camillo Di-Natale, a well-known restaurateur in Almancil.
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By NATASHA DONN
Photo: Dominic Di-Natale and then-colleague Mark Rawcliffe during a Red Nose fundraising event at Barringtons (Vale do Lobo) in 1994
Photo courtesy of Mark Rawcliffe