The Director of Norfolk's adult social services has collapsed and died suddenly during a meeting.
61-year-old Harold Bodmer became unwell at the meeting at Norfolk's County Hall and medical professionals who were there couldn't revive him.
The flag at County Hall is flying at half mast today and council staff are being offered support.
All meetings have been cancelled.
I cannot think of a single man who has risen to the top of his profession as Harold did this year and been so universally liked.
Mr Bodmer was also made president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in April.
In a statement released today, they said that he will be sadly missed.
“Harold has made an enormous contribution to the people of Norfolk, to our Association and to the wider health and care sector," Vice-President Margaret Willcox said.
"Harold will be greatly missed, most of all, our thoughts and warmest wishes are with his wife and family at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.”