The American pop journalist and biographer Nick Tosches died at the age of 69. The New York Times reports that Sunday. The writer would have been ill for some time.

Tosches became known in the seventies as a journalist for the leading music magazine Rolling Stone , where he collaborated with Richard Meltzer, among others. After both of them were fired for posting reviews under each other's name, Tosches started writing books.

One of his best-known works is Hellfire from 1982, the biography of rock and roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis. He later wrote Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams , about the life of crooner Dean Martin.

In addition to Rolling Stone , Tosches has published articles in Vanity Fair and Esquire . He also wrote fiction and poetry.