Former ITV News correspondent Harry Smith has died.
Harry, who began his career in 1969 as editor of local newspaper Forfar Dispatch, died suddenly on Friday morning, his family confirmed.
In a statement published on social media this morning, Harry’s family said: “Very sadly Harry died suddenly early on Friday morning.
“It’s so hard to believe his energy and sense of fun are gone.
“Many of you will have known him for his strong opinions and humour on here [Twitter].
“He’ll be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.”
The political correspondent worked for the BBC, before moving to STV and then joining ITV News.
He also worked as a freelancer for Channel 4 and Al Jazeera.
I am so desperately sorry and deeply, deeply shocked. I loved Harry. I worked alongside him in Millbank. He always had a tale to tell and a smile. One of life's good guys. I am so sorry for your loss xx
— Sally Biddulph (@SallyBiddulph) June 23, 2020
This is so sad. Harry was a joy to be around, he was as sharp a reporter as you could meet, kept a cool head and was great fun. He was an ITN legend. Love to all the family and sorry for your loss.
— Carl Dinnen (@carldinnen) June 23, 2020
So sorry to hear this. A kindly man who was always fun to share time with on a story. RIP
— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) June 23, 2020
That's terrible news – my sincere condolences. I grew up watching Harry and was lucky enough to work alongside him for a while. A master of the art, whose calm authority and sharp wit made him a formidable journalist and a fine human being. We'll all miss him.
— James Matthews (@jamesmatthewsky) June 23, 2020
Such a sad loss. Harry was the epitome of an ITV News Correspondent. He always had great energy and insight. I enjoyed working with him for many years, he was generous with his knowledge and had such a wonderful sense of humour. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Harry
— Debi Edward (@debiedwarditv) June 23, 2020