I am so sorry Susanna Reid speaks out after death of ITV colleague aged just 46

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Susanna Reid, 51, has spoken out on social media on the untimely death of fellow ITV star Gary Burgess. The presenter died peacefully in his sleep in Jersey Hospice yesterday at the age of 46.

The ITV broadcaster had a long battle with cancer, after receiving a terminal diagnosis in 2020.

Susanna took to Twitter this morning to share a tribute to her colleague with her 843,000 followers.

The Good Morning Britain star retweeted a statement from ITV’s official Twitter account that read: “ITV journalist Gary Burgess died peacefully at Jersey Hospice yesterday afternoon (1 January) after a long-documented journey with cancer.”

Susanna added: “My love to his family and friends – I am so sorry for your loss.”

She signed off her brief message with a broken heart emoji.

Susanna was soon inundated with messages of support from her fans, as her tweet surpassed 350 likes.

Diva_RHIactive tweeted: “Goodness, so heartbreaking to hear one of the best is gone. RIP Gary.”

sherryhartley17 added: “So sad sending hugs to his family for their loss.”

AbacusOrange penned: “Not sure how to respond here, top professional and a loss at such a young age, our thoughts are with Gary, his family and friends.”

Gary had a stellar career working for the likes of Island FM, BBC Guernsey, Channel 103 and the Jersey Evening Post.

He had previously received the devastating news that the tumours in his lungs were inoperable.

In the TV star’s final message to his fans he acknowledged the personal and professional success he enjoyed throughout his lifetime.

He penned: “I’ve had the best life. I’ve had the luckiest life.

“I met my soul mate and the love of my life who went on to become my husband.

“I got to work with some of the most amazing people in newsrooms and studios doing the job I absolutely adore.

“And I’ve been able to share my own relatively short time on this planet surrounded by friends and loved ones who have enriched my life in ways they may never truly understand.”

Gary added: “My greatest sadness is the prospect of leaving all of that and all of them behind.

“The thought of doing that to Alan is unfathomable to process, but I also know the very people who’ve shown me love and support will now wrap up those feelings around him in the coming days.”

He went on: “It’s time for me to hand over my microphone and keyboard for others to do the talking about me, so let my final words simply be ‘thank you’.

“Every person in my life has, in their own way, helped me live my best life. That’ll do.”

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