22 Aug 2018

Tributes flow for Greg Boyed: 'People felt connected to him'

2:24 pm on 22 August 2018

Friends, colleagues and politicians have paid tribute to the TVNZ journalist and presenter Greg Boyed who has died suddenly.

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Photo: Supplied / Q+A

Boyed, 48, was on holiday with his family in Switzerland when he died on Monday.

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Photo: Supplied / TVNZ

He had been suffering from depression.

Corin Dann, his friend and fellow TVNZ journalist and presenter, said his shocked colleagues were "so sad and so gutted" and were thinking about Boyed's family.

"He was just a wonderful guy, just a lovely, lovely, kind, funny person and a fantastic person to work with," Dann said.

Boyed was a 'world-class' newsreader who made it all look so smooth and easy, said Dann, and the loss would be felt wider than those who knew him well.

Many of the viewer and listeners who had tuned in over his 25 year career would also feel they knew him.

"And that's why he was such a good broadcaster because he was warm and because people felt connected to him - and its a great loss," he said.

Boyed was also an accomplished musician - drums and guitar - and the pair played together in TVNZ bands.

He also worked with the charity Achilles which helps people with disabilities take part in running races.

Tributes from colleagues and politicians have been flowing on Twitter since the news broke this morning: