Regime supporter and benefactor Sundip Patel has died of a heart attack at the age of 52.
The managing director of the CJ Patel Group, which includes the subsidiaries the Fiji Sun and CJ Farms (formerly Rewa Dairy), is believed to have collapsed while exercising on a treadmill at his Waimanu Road home in Suva.
It's understood Patel was known to have heart problems and had a bypass when he was just 30.
The Fiji Sun has paid tribute to Patel, hailing him as a 'trailblazing business leader' but his support of the military dictatorship and subsequent business benefits will not be forgotten by many.
Bloggers will remember him, too, from these pages as having been accused of price fixing and cheating Fijian provinces by selling merchandise at inflated prices as early as 2010.
CJ Patel went on to purchase the monopoly Rewa Dairy company, with substantial discriminatory assistance
from the regime, and raised the price of milk and milk products.
The company's financial controller (a Sri Lankan) has also been appointed by
and serves the regime on a wide range of influential government boards,
often as chair.
But it will be Sundip Patel's flagrant overlooking of the biased reporting by the Fiji Sun and endorsement of regime propaganda, especially during the September elections, that will be fresh in many minds.
Another regime favourite, former vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University Ganesh Chand, is also under the spotlight today.
Chand escaped a number of challenges in recent years, including a $1million law suit brought by a former lecturer for unjustified dismissal and claims of bullying, but was last week dismissed.
No official explanation has been given but a replacement is expected to be named today.