Tributes flow following death of Greg Boyed

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NZ Herald ,
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Publish Date
Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 10:49AM

People from around New Zealand have expressed their shock and sadness at the sudden death of TVNZ news presenter Greg Boyed.

Boyed died suddenly while on a family holiday in Switzerland with his wife and young son on Monday, 20 August.

His family released a statement saying he will be deeply missed.

"He was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured son, brother, husband and father, he will be deeply missed.

"Greg was a talented journalist, presenter, musician and an exceptional friend to those lucky enough to know him.

"Greg, 48, had been battling depression. Greg was the kindest and most caring man, a devoted father who cherished and loved his two children.

"We are all struggling to comes to terms with this."

TVNZ's Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, said the news has come to a huge shock to all at TVNZ.

"Greg was a prominent figure in our newsroom for the last 25 years. He was a wonderful man and a talented broadcaster who strongly believed in the power and importance of journalism in people's lives. Greg was known for his warmth and kindness. It's a very personal loss for us.

"Greg will be missed by us, he will be missed by our colleagues in the wider industry and he'll be missed by our viewers. Our thoughts are with Greg's whānau and friends."

Many people have taken to social media to share their condolences.

Boyed's colleagues have expressed their sadness over the news.

Three news presenter Mike McRoberts described Boyed as a "really warm and generous person".

McRoberts worked with Boyed during the late 1990s-early-2000s at TVNZ and said he was "incredibly generous".

"He was also involved in Archilles NZ which is the charity I'm involved with which helps disabled athletes compete in big events."

Boyed had been to New York as a guide and was an ambassador for the programme.

"That was typical of Greg. He was an incredibly generous person with his time."

McRoberts said he would always remember Boyed's humour.

"He was pretty dry, but very funny. He just had the ability to make people laugh. I know of other colleagues of his who have always talked about how relaxed they felt about working with him on the late show."

He said Boyed's sudden death was a huge shock and a "real upset".

McRoberts said Boyed was a skilled journalist who performed at the top of his industry for at least two decades.

"I think to be in the industry as long as he had and to be still performing at that top level you've got to have a real passion for the job.

"He worked on Q&A as well and so clearly had some very good skills there in terms of interviewing and the work that he did. I know when we worked together he was very well respected."

1 News political editor Jessica Mutch she wanted to thank Boyed for all of the "advice, laughs and debates".

Broadaster Mike Puru has also shared his sadness at hearing the news today.

"Such sad news to hear - Greg was a great man to work and hang with - always striving to be the best he can - always asked what's going on in the TNVZ dressing room ...always had a good laugh and a great respect for others. RIP my friend."

Other have also expressed their saddness at hearding the news.

Boyed was known for his work on some of television's most recognisable shows - including One News, Fair Go, Q+A, Close Up, Target and Seven Sharp.

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Politicians have also shared their condolences.

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