Veteran broadcaster who helped create Crime Stoppers dies after a months-long private battle with a severe illness
- Channel 9 broadcaster Russell Goodrick died after a battle with pancreatitis
- He had an attack in January while driving and his health slowly declined
- His sons Tom and Rodney wrote a heartfelt tribute on Facebook on Tuesday
- Queensland Channel 7 newsreader Frank Warrick also died after dementia battle
- 76-year-old passed away peacefully surrounded by family before 5am Tuesday
Logie award-winning news anchor Russell Goodrick has died after a private four-month battle with a severe form of pancreatitis.
The Perth broadcaster’s death was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon in a heartfelt Facebook post by his sons Rodney and Tom Goodrick.
‘With great sorrow and disbelief, I pass on this harrowing news to you, the passing of a man who had such an incredible life and as you all know lived his life to the absolute fullest,’ the brothers wrote.
Pictured: Russell Goodrick before his family turned his life support off on Monday evening
Russell Goodrick (pictured) at the start of his career. He went on to win a Logie award in his lengthy career
The Channel 9 presenter was first hospitalised in January with necrotizing pancreatitis after he suffered an attack while driving to Esperance, eight hours south-east from Perth, to work on the production of upcoming film, Before Dawn.
Necrotizing pancreatitis a condition with a 15 per cent survival rate where part of the pancreas dies, which can cause life-threatening infections or sepsis.
Goodrick never made it to Esperance, and was instead flown back to Perth for an operation.
‘Over time we saw him go through a roller coaster of improvement and declination,’ Rodney and Tom wrote.
Goodrick (pictured) died in January with pancreatitis . He was driving to Esperance when he had an attack
Goodrick (pictured while working as an anchor) spent a period of time in a coma before his family turned his life support off on Monday night
‘He continued to fight, and his loved ones and family fought by his side every step of the way.’
Goodrick spent a period of time in a coma before his family turned his life support off on Monday night, The West Australian reported.
His friend and former colleague Jenny Seaton told the publication that not many people knew about his dire health situation.
‘It wasn’t something we knew about, this is the other part of it we are trying to understand, he was private he wanted it to be this way (but) to find out he was in a coma for so long and this was the result is just awful,’ Seaton said.
“I’ve only found out today that he has a problem with his pancreas…we were told last week that he was in a coma and we weren’t told why or how bad it was.’
They remembered their father as adventurous and compassionate with a genuine interest in other people.
Legendary Channel 7 newsreader Frank Warrick has died after a five-year battle with dementia.
On Tuesday it was also revealed that long-time Channel 7 newsreader Frank Warrick died after a five-year battle with dementia.
The 76-year-old passed away peacefully surrounded by his family just before 5am on Tuesday.
The respected newsreader had a lengthy television career after joining Channel Seven Queensland in 1976.
Mr Warrick read the 6pm news for Seven from 1976 until he retired in 2001.
The respected newsreader had a lengthy television career after joining Channel Seven Queensland in 1976 (pictured)
Mr Warrick’s long time co-presenter Kay McGrath issued a statement this morning offering her ‘sincere condolences to Frank’s wife Lyn and family.’
‘We had a very successful 13 year on air relationship during the 80s and 90s when 6pm news was a ritual for viewers,’ Ms McGrath said.
‘Live TV can be a challenging environment at times, but we always had each other’s backs.’
Ms McGrath described Mr Warrick as ‘the consummate professional’ and she ‘never saw him fazed or flustered on air.’
‘He taught me a lot and I’m very saddened to hear he’s left ‘this world around us’, she said.
Mr Warrick will be remembered with a tribute on 7News at 6pm on Tuesday.
The 76-year-old former news reader passed away peacefully surrounding by his family just before 5am on Tuesday