A much-respected journalist, he worked for the BBC in Angola during the civil war in the 1990s, in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide and was also posted to Senegal and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2000s.
Chris had also worked for the United Nations news service, Irin, in Ivory Coast – and travelled widely in Africa as a freelancer and trainer.
“His wit, intelligence and creativity has been lost,” his sister Bridget Taylor told the BBC.
“He still had so much to offer and he was planning to write a book about his experiences.
“He was truly an international guy who could get on with anyone – and he had friends across Africa.”
He was found dead in his apartment in Dakar – the cause of death is unclear.