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A tragic boat accident claims the life of an American publishing executive

Adrienne Vaughan, president of Bloomsbury Publishing’s US branch, has died in a boating accident on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast. The incident occurred when a chartered motorboat carrying Ms. Vaughan and his family collided with a sailboat carrying more than 80 tourists. Adrienne Vaughan fell into the water during the crash and, despite efforts to rescue her, tragically lost her life before an air ambulance could arrive.

Vaughan was a prominent figure in the publishing world, heading up Bloomsbury’s US operations, which included the publication of the Harry Potter series and other notable titles. Tributes have poured in, praising her as an “extraordinary human being”. Her husband, Mike White, suffered a shoulder injury, but their two young children were unharmed.

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the boat was rented through a skipper who allegedly tested positive for substance use, but it is not yet known whether the result was due to alcohol or drugs. The skipper, an Italian in his 30s, was also injured in the accident.

The incident is being investigated, led by the Italian coast guard, and supervised by the Salerno prosecutor’s office.

The publishing world mourns the loss of a talented, passionate and dedicated industry leader who left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. Adrienne Vaughan’s legacy will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of working with her.

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