Piers Morgan has paid tribute to his late colleague Geoff Hill following his death aged 52.
Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers followed Susanna Reid in remembering their friend and co-worker, and in a post shared on social media, he penned: ‘What incredibly sad news.
‘A brilliant journalist beloved by his newsroom colleagues, and a great guy who fought his illness with such courage and good humour.
‘Had the honour of working with him at CNN & ITV and he was a class act, both professionally & personally. RIP Geoff.’
Susanna also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: ‘Above all else, Geoff was a thoroughly lovely man. This is so, so sad. Sending love to his wonderful family.’
Hill joined London Tonight in 1993 before moving to ITV News in 2000 for seven years, before returning in 2013. He covered some major world events including the EU referendum and Donald Trump winning the US presidential election.
The journalist left the role following his diagnosis to focus on his treatment and came back to his position full-time last year. However, in September 2020 he stepped down after a relapse.
In an interview earlier this month he said the decision to leave ITV a second time was ‘the cruellest thing’.
‘I was about to return – but after my relapse, I knew I had to do it,’ he told Daily Mail.
‘Nothing is as shocking as getting a leukaemia diagnosis. But in some ways, this blow was on a par.’
Rachel Corp, Editor of ITV News, 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.’
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