Mark Colvin: 'Giant of Australian journalism' dies

BBC NEWS AUSTRALIA

Tributes are pouring in for Australian veteran journalist Mark Colvin who has died aged 65.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted: "In a world of superficiality, he was always informed and honest. We've lost a good man."

Mr Colvin had struggled with a rare auto immune illness he contracted while covering the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

He received a kidney transplant in 2013, and his death has led to renewed calls for people to sign up as donors.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp, where he had worked for decades, said it was grieving "a giant of Australian journalism".

Calling for organ donors

Mr Colvin contracted Wegener's granulomatosis, a rare auto immune illness damaging the lungs and kidneys, while reporting from Rwanda in 1994.

He recovered after a long time in hospital but the illness left his kidneys permanently damaged.

In 2013 he received a new kidney, donated by a woman he once interviewed when reporting on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Continue reading
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