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BBC Newsreader George Alagiah Passes Away at Age 67

July 24, 2023







BBC newsreader George Alagiah has died at the age of 67, his agent has announced.

In a statement issued to the PA news agency, Mary Greenham said: “I am so terribly sorry to inform you that George Alagiah died peacefully today, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

“George fought until the bitter end but sadly that battle ended earlier today.”

George Alagiah peacefully departed surrounded by his family and loved ones, as stated in a heartfelt message provided to the PA news agency by his agent. His valiant fight against stage four bowel cancer, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes, came to an end today.

Mary Greenham expressed, “George was deeply loved by everybody who knew him, whether it was a friend, a colleague, or a member of the public. He simply was a wonderful human being. My thoughts are with Fran, the boys, and his wider family during this difficult time.”

The Sri Lanka-born journalist and face of BBC One’s News At Six had been battling the disease since his diagnosis in April 2014. Despite enduring two rounds of chemotherapy and multiple operations, including the removal of most of his liver, George Alagiah remained determined and continued to inspire.

In October last year, Alagiah announced a temporary break from his studio duties due to the cancer’s progression. He shared, “A recent scan showed that my cancer has spread further, so it’s back to some tough stuff. I’m missing my colleagues. Working in the newsroom has been such an important part of keeping energised and motivated.”

Throughout the years between his diagnosis and passing, Alagiah took several breaks from presenting as he bravely confronted his health challenges. Despite setbacks, he returned to BBC News At Six in December 2015 after completing his initial treatment.

In December 2017, Alagiah underwent further treatment away from work but later returned to the studio. Another hiatus was taken in October 2021, with a triumphant return to screens in April 2022.

In addition to his journalism career, Alagiah made a significant impact as an author, penning several books, including “A Home From Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man” in 2006, which offered insights into the immigrant experience in the UK.

His contributions to journalism and broadcasting were widely recognized, and he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

BBC director-general Tim Davie paid tribute to the late presenter, praising Alagiah as one of the best and bravest journalists of his generation. He described Alagiah’s reporting as fearless and flawless while also acknowledging the profound kindness, empathy, and humanity that endeared him to audiences worldwide.

George Alagiah leaves behind his wife, Frances Robathan, and two children. His legacy as an outstanding journalist and a remarkable human being will be deeply cherished and missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him or experiencing his work.


Source: Independent


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