Former news editor Geoff Hill has died aged 52 after battling leukaemia since 2017 and Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has led tributes to her former colleague
Susanna Reid has led tributes from ITV stars for the channel’s former news editor Geoff Hill, who has died aged 52.
The Good Morning Britain presenter shared her thoughts about a “thoroughly lovely man” who passed away after losing his battle with leukaemia.
Geoff was diagnosed with the illness in 2017 and Susanna had sent him best wishes just a week ago and now paid tribute to him on Twitter after he died while surrounded by his family after being admitted to hospital last week.
Susanna tweeted: “Above all else, Geoff was a thoroughly lovely man. This is so, so sad. Sending love to his wonderful family.”
The 50-year-old GMB presenter also shared words from her colleagues including ITV News royal editor Chris Ship who said: “We are all beyond devastated to share the news that our friend and colleague @geoffhillITV has passed away.
“He fought and fought the leukaemia which hit him 4 years ago and he did it bravely.
“He was part of our family and we will miss him. Rest in Peace.”
Chris added that Geoff was “determined to see it off” but in the end he “just couldn’t”.
Among the other tributes were Wales and West of England correspondent Rupert Evelyn, who tweeted:”Desperately sad day for all at @itvnews and across broadcast journalism. RIP Geoff Hill. We will miss you dearly, your passion for news, love and support for colleagues and of course Crystal Palace FC.
“All thoughts with your friends and family. xx”
Editor of ITV News, Rachel Corp, said: “Geoff was so much a part of this newsroom and in so many of our lives for so long, and even over the last few years when he hasn’t always been with us in the newsroom, we’ve always felt his presence, as a friend, a colleague, an inspiration to us all.
“For me, whenever I think of Geoff it’s with a huge smile on his face, in the middle of it all, loving the thrill and pace of the day, always excited about what story was breaking, how we were going to get the inside track, the triumph after a brilliant programme. He also always cared deeply about his team, all of us in it together, being the best.”
Geoff’s career saw him cover major events including Donald Trump winning the US presidential election and the EU referendum after joining London Tonight in 1993 before moving in 2000 to ITV News.
He stayed there for seven years before rejoining the channel in 2013.
He had left the role to focus on his treatment after receiving his diagnosis before returning to the role full-time last year.
In September 2020, Geoff stepped down after a relapse and he described the decision he had to make as “the cruellest thing”.
He is survived by his wife Nat and children Emily, 20, Olivia, 10, and Alfie, nine.
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