Sir Paul Holmes, the controversial broadcaster with the cheeky grin and quick wit, has died at home early this morning, surrounded by family. Only two weeks after receiving his knighthood. He was aged 62.
A statement from the Holmes family said he died at home in Hawkes Bay surrounded by his family according to his wishes.
"Sir Paul had been in poor health since having heart surgery earlier in the year. In recent months he had also been suffering from a resurgence of prostate cancer," .
"More than just a broadcaster, Paul was a loving husband and father, as well as a generous friend. He loved people and people loved him.
Paul Holmes was loved, loathed and hated, you either did or you didn't like him.
He was not afraid to speak his mind to who ever was in front of him, he asked the questions others would not dare too. he conducted his interviews with intelligence and insightfulness, and while he never suffered fools, his interviews were never without kindness and empathy.
Paul will be remembered hugely by the broadcasting community. He had an amazing ability to retain facts, and pull them out at times that often tricked politicians and other people and I think that's an extraordinary gift that he had.
He will be sadly missed from our televison screens
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