Michael Elliott, a prominent British magazine journalist who went on to lead an international humanitarian charity co-founded by rock star Bono, died Thursday at age 65, The Washington Post reports. The cause was an aggressive form of bladder cancer.
Mr. Elliott was a tenured professor at the London School of Economics before a two-decade media career that included reporting and editing stints at The Economist, Newsweek, and Time. While at the latter he interviewed Bono and edited a 2002 cover article about the U2 frontman's philanthropic efforts. Nine years later he joined the Irish rocker's ONE Campaign as chief executive.
Time Inc. executive Norman Pearlstine said Mr. Elliott left journalism because he wanted to lead an organization rather than be a “perpetual deputy,” according to The Daily Beast. As CEO Mr. Elliott was credited with increasing ONE"s membership worldwide and working to help African countries obtain electrical power, reduce hunger, and contain disease. He resigned from the charity earlier this year.