Young Leader In Journalism, Michael Feeney Died At 32

michael j feeneyJournalists, writers and members of the media mourn this week at the passing of rising star Michael J. Feeney. He was only 32 years old.

Feeney, NY Association of Black Journalists president and winner of the Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the NABJ, died ultimately from a staph infection after suffering kidney failure, New York Daily News reports.

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.

But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. A growing number of otherwise healthy people are developing life-threatening staph infections.

Staph can be spread person-to-person and is very contagious.