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President Higgins leads tributes for legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne

By Brian Dillon

November 4, 2019 at 3:07pm

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Tributes have been pouring in for Gay Byrne after the news broke that he passed away aged 85.

RTé announced the news on Twitter, writing, "Veteran RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne has died aged 85 following a long illness."

Since the announcement, tributes have been pouring in online for the legendary broadcaster.

President Michael D Higgins wrote on Twitter, "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting."

Meanwhile, another Twitter user wrote, "Desperately sad to hear of the passing of one of Ireland’s greatest broadcasters and TV presenters Gay Byrne you will be massively missed, Gay."

His family said in a statement to RTÉ, "It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.

"We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay's illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society".

Byrne was often praised for discussing issues that weren't often spoken about on television, such as sex, abortion and LGBTQ+ issues.

Byrne first began presenting The Late Late Show in 1962 and continued in the role until 1999. He was also known for presenting The Gay Byrne Show on RTÉ Radio One as well as other popular TV programmes such as The Meaning Of Life, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and For One Night Only.

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