Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Mike Hudson, 61, passed away today in his home in Los Angeles at around 8:30 pm Pacific time. He died of sepsis from a recently torn bowel.

He did not appear to be suffering from any illness, and had no pain until about 24 hours prior to his death.

On the day prior to his death, Mike had written an article for the Niagara Falls Reporter. He had written six articles during the last week of his life.

After experiencing intense abdominal pain in the afternoon om October 26, he was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital where reportedly the physician told him he needed immediate surgery or death would ensue from sepsis. The doctor also informed him that he appeared to have advanced colon cancer, and that even if the operation were successful, he might have only two months to live.

Mike declined the surgery saying he did not want to die on the operating table and chose to return home. He was given pain medication; hospice was called in and within 24 hours he succumbed, surrounded by several friends.

He had lived an active life up until the day before his death. He asked his friends to cremate him and to throw his ashes over the Malibu Pier and into the Pacific.

Mike Hudson was founder and lead singer of the American punk band the Pagans.  He worked as editor for the Cleveland Sun, crime reporter at the Corry Evening Journal, literary critic at the Irish Echo, and editor for the Niagara Falls Reporter. His work appeared in Radar, Field & Stream, Rolling Stones, Hustler, the Associated Press, Master Detective and the New York Post. Hudson is also author of six books including a memoir of the American punk rock movement, ‘Diary of a Punk,’ and ‘Mob Boss’, the biography of Mafia chief Stephano Maggadino. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

We will publish a fuller story on Mike tomorrow.




  1. Thank you for your storied past, and your attempts at a better future for Niagara Falls. You made your mark, Mike, to say the least. ROCK ON!!!!

  2. Longtime Reader says:

    This is so sad to hear, I’ve loved Mike’s hard-charging style even though my support usually was for the target of his quick wit and harsh commentary; he was ALWAYS entertaining to read and will certainly be missed. No matter how you felt you had to appreciate the way Mike’s hammer came down on some folks, ouch! When Mike’s work reappeared in this publication after a apparent split, I was very happen to see his work again – of course to the detriment to those he wrote about.

  3. I never met Mike face to face. I had a genuine bond with him electronically. We had a few lengthy conversations there. Ironically, I also experienced a torn colon which resulted in an emergency surgery and I spent several days in the “in between”. As a fellow artist, I shared many of his struggles and frustrations. I will miss his creativity, his wit and his sarcasm. Good people!

  4. Tremendous loss. Mike Hudson led one of most legendary (punk) rock bands ever and was a fantastic writer. The Pagans were a tremendously influential band who had an huge impact on me personally and can be considered relevant, at the very least, to this day. His writing had a huge impact in Niagara Falls. We almost met several years ago, but something tragic prevented that.
    Condolences to his close friends and family.

  5. In a life filled with so much, it is quite strange to find my writing to be the basis of Mike’s last article. I knew Mike. He was a guest on my show a few years ago. I didn’t always agree with his take and almost always found just a little something in his writing that stepped a little outside the facts. But we never clashed and never attacked each other. As his last piece suggested, we agreed with each other on many things. Sorry to see him gone. The Reporter and Niagara Falls will miss him; so will I.

  6. Rest in Peace Mike Hudson – a loyal friend whom I shall miss – No one could ‘tell it’ like you did bro ! Your talent with the written word, your perceptions and articulation were a true gift that you shared with us –

  7. Michelle Petrazzoulo Dukette says:

    Mike was a wonderful friend and he certainly left his mark in this world. Niagara was only the beginning of our friendship but as the former Executive Director of the public library I will always be thankful for the support that he gave to the Niagara Falls Public Library. Libraries made a huge impact on him and he certainly appreciated it as an institution that informs the public and defends intellectual freedom. I hope that the Niagara Falls Reporter will carry on this legacy. Thank you Mike for your passion in making sure that the people of Niagara Falls were always prepared to ask more questions, never take anything at face value, and gather more information for self-empowerment. Rest in Peace my friend.

  8. Such a loss to the community. Hope his legacy lives on through the Reporter.

  9. Not being from the Falls, I was unfamiliar with the Niagara Falls Reporter until a couple years back when my family went to see the Christmas lights along the Canadian side of the Falls. We stopped to eat in a diner on the American side where I picked up a copy of the paper from the restaurant’s lobby. In that particular issue there were – not one but two – stories about a guy named Dyster cancelling Christmas (The bastard!). I loved the irreverent tone of the paper and started reading the online version when I got back home, read it every week. I then began looking for additional work by the paper’s reporters, and picked up two true crime books by Mike Hudson. I lovingly breezed through them as I did each week’s paper. I then picked up CDs by Mike’s band (didn’t much care for the music but liked Mike’s liner notes), and finally Mike’s biography of his band.

    There are so few honest-to-god characters in life, Mike will truly be missed. His crotchety but hip persona is one that will be hard, or impossible, to replace. I truly wish the paper will keep the irreverent tone Mike so artfully delivered.

  10. Terrible news. Are you still planning to run a fuller story?

  11. Mark DeMarco says:

    The most professional investigative reporter I have ever met and dined with, Mike Hudson and his news team have broken the largest US-Canadian crime case plying the Niagara River for decades. A fearless community minded individual who had time for all who he met, Mikes life was truly Vox Populi. I as all, will miss this truly one of a kind true professional. RIP my friend, Mark DeMarco & Evel Knievel Museum Staff, Ontario Canada

  12. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well.

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