Phillip Leishman has passed away at the age of 61.
We reported last week that the veteran broadcaster was ill again after having a brain tumour removed last March.
Leishman’s close friend Des Coppins said over the weekend: “It was an aggressive form of cancer and it really caught up with him.
“It is just so sad.”
We’ve woken up to the sad news that broadcaster Phillip Leishman has passed away. Today we pay tribute to him and his amazing career.
— TVNZ’s Breakfast (@BreakfastonOne) February 25, 2013