BBC newsreader George Alagiah has died

The journalist, the face of BBC One’s News At Six since 2007, was diagnosed in 2014 with stage four bowel cancer, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Monday 24 July 2023 12:07, UK

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

The Sri Lanka-born journalist, the face of BBC One’s News At Six since 2007, was diagnosed in 2014 with stage four bowel cancer, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

He endured two rounds of chemotherapy and several operations, including the removal of most of his liver.

In October 2015 he announced that his treatment was over and returned to BBC News At Six on November 10.

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 and spent many years as one of the corporation’s leading foreign correspondents before moving to presenting.

In a statement, his agent 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 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.”

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