Tributes flow for TVNZ presenter Greg Boyed

  • 22/08/2018

Tributes are flowing in on social media for "inspiring" broadcaster Greg Boyed, who died suddenly in Europe on Monday.

The 1 News presenter and TVNZ journalist was on holiday with his wife and young son in Switzerland.

A statement from his family confirmed the death of the "treasured son, brother, husband and father," adding that Boyed had been battling depression.

Meanwhile, colleagues, friends and fans of Boyed have taken to Twitter to pay their respects and share their condolences.

Prime News presenter Eric Young heralded Boyed as "the kindest, sweetest, silliest man I knew". 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tweeted that she was "so saddened" to hear of Boyed's death.

"I’ll be one of many who will have sat opposite him over the years - such a thoughtful interviewer who was quick to share a laugh," she said.

"My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues." 

Boyed's colleague, TVNZ Sunday correspondent Mark Crysell, also tweeted a tribute to his "old mate".

"Days like these never make sense.

"We're devastated - Greg Boyed was one of the wittiest, funniest people I've ever worked with," he wrote. 

Former TVNZ Breakfast host Rawdon Christie called the news "horrific," and sent his condolences to Boyed's family. 

Broadcaster and journalist Damian Christie shared his thoughts after learning of the death of his "friend, colleague (and band mate)".

"Suddenly my own doubts seem so very trivial," he said.

"A lovely man, smart, funny, kind, thoughtful. I have no words.

"Check in on your loved ones." 

New Zealand First also extended its sympathies, releasing a statement from List MP Jenny Marcroft, who worked with Boyed at IRN News in the 90s.

“I am devastated to hear of Greg’s passing. He was a supremely talented broadcaster admired by the wider broadcasting community,” she said.

“Knowing him was an honour and a privilege.

"I remember him as a kind and caring man and a pleasure to work with."

Boyed was a father of two, with a daughter in her early 20s along with his young son. He married his wife, Swiss singer Caroline Chevin, in 2014.

Alongside his work as a journalist and presenter, he played the drums and ran marathons.

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