For more than a decade Matthew Power has been packing a bag, and finding a way to some far-flung, often unpleasant place, to report quintessential Men’s Journal stories – the climbing disaster on K2, the explorer walking the Amazon, the reckless fireworks displays in Tultepec, Mexico, to name just a few – and write them with an understated grace and clarity that most writers can only hope to achieve.
Matt was on assignment for Men’s Journal in Uganda – “a classic MJ story” is how he pitched it – accompanying a British explorer, named Levison Wood, while he attempted to walk the length of the Nile. Matt was only dropping in and walking with him for a week, but you got the sense that he’d trudge on as long as it took to get the story and to understand the man he was walking with. On Monday, Matt fell ill, lost consciousness, and died a few hours later. His travel companions believe the cause of death was heatstroke, but we won’t know more until an autopsy is completed later this week.
No writer better represented (or loved) Men’s Journal as well and as fully as Matt did and we are proud to have published his work whenever we could. He was a true adventurer and a principled, ethical journalist who never failed to put the accuracy of the story and the fairness in his depiction of a person, place, or situation above what worked for him as a writer. Matt chose the hard way when it was the right way, yet somehow never failed to enjoy the journey. He was 39 years old and he will be greatly missed by us here at Men’s Journal and his many friends and colleagues around the world.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite stories of Matt’s below.