Naga Munchetty pays heartfelt tribute following tragic death of BBC colleague

Naga Munchetty has taken to Twitter to share a heartfelt tribute following the death of her BBC colleague.

The 47-year-old presenter reposted a message from BBC video journalist Tony Smith, who announced the death of cameraman Raeph Ballantyne, on Monday (October 10).

Raeph passed away following some time in hospital, according to Broadcast.

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He was a cameraman and shoot edit for BBC News and began his career 15 years ago as a location engineer in the newsgathering operations team.

During his time as a shoot edit for the Beeb, he was involved in some incredibly important projects, including films about fuel poverty in the Hebrides, the housing crisis in Cornwall and Ukrainian refugees in Calais.

Sharing a photo of his colleague, Tony wrote: "The BBC News camera team are reeling today.

"We have lost a dear friend. Raeph Ballantyne was one of the kindest, gentlest, most talented colleagues you could hope to work alongside. Gone far too soon."

BBC Breakfast star Naga retweeted the touching tribute and shared her own message.

She penned: "A wonderful, kind and sweet man – Brilliant at his job, generous to those he worked with – I was lucky enough to film with him on a few occasions.

"He will leave a massive gap of talent and kindness. He will be sorely missed. Sending love and condolences to Raeph's loved ones."

Former BBC star turned Channel 5 presenter Steph McGovern tweeted: "Oh that is so sad. His poor family."

Nick Robinson wrote: "Such sad news. A lovely lovely guy who will be dearly missed."

Newsreader Sophie Raworth added: ""This lovely man filmed our documentary about stammering #icantsaymyname. So talented, nothing was ever too much, always smiling, a very young family. Just awful that he has died so suddenly. Far too young."

Earlier this month, Naga bid an emotional farewell to Newsnight's Stephen Smith, describing him as a "bloody decent person".

Following the news that Stephen has decided to leave his role as Newsnight culture correspondent, Naga wrote: "One of the best creative wordsmiths/journalists I've ever had the honour to work with.

"And above all, a bloody decent person. Good luck, Stephen!"

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