People from around New Zealand have expressed their shock and sadness at the sudden death of TVNZ news presenter Greg Boyed.

Boyed died suddenly while on a family holiday in Switzerland with his wife and young son on Monday, 20 August.

His family released a statement saying he will be deeply missed.

"He was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured son, brother, husband and father, he will be deeply missed.

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"Greg was a talented journalist, presenter, musician and an exceptional friend to those lucky enough to know him.

"Greg, 48, had been battling depression. Greg was the kindest and most caring man, a devoted father who cherished and loved his two children.

"We are all struggling to comes to terms with this."

TVNZ's Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, said the news has come to a huge shock to all at TVNZ.

"Greg was a prominent figure in our newsroom for the last 25 years. He was a wonderful man and a talented broadcaster who strongly believed in the power and importance of journalism in people's lives. Greg was known for his warmth and kindness. It's a very personal loss for us.

"Greg will be missed by us, he will be missed by our colleagues in the wider industry and he'll be missed by our viewers. Our thoughts are with Greg's whānau and friends."

Many people have taken to social media to share their condolences.

Boyed's colleagues have expressed their sadness over the news.

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Three news presenter Mike McRoberts described Boyed as a "really warm and generous person".

McRoberts worked with Boyed during the late 1990s-early-2000s at TVNZ and said he was "incredibly generous".

"He was also involved in Archilles NZ which is the charity I'm involved with which helps disabled athletes compete in big events."

Boyed had been to New York as a guide and was an ambassador for the programme.

"That was typical of Greg. He was an incredibly generous person with his time."

McRoberts said he would always remember Boyed's humour.

"He was pretty dry, but very funny. He just had the ability to make people laugh. I know of other colleagues of his who have always talked about how relaxed they felt about working with him on the late show."

He said Boyed's sudden death was a huge shock and a "real upset".

McRoberts said Boyed was a skilled journalist who performed at the top of his industry for at least two decades.

"I think to be in the industry as long as he had and to be still performing at that top level you've got to have a real passion for the job.

"He worked on Q&A as well and so clearly had some very good skills there in terms of interviewing and the work that he did. I know when we worked together he was very well respected."

1 News political editor Jessica Mutch she wanted to thank Boyed for all of the "advice, laughs and debates".

TV and radio personality Nathan Rarere said it was a "hell of shock" to read the news about Boyed this morning.

"I shared an office/desk with him and Jody Gill when I first got transferred to Auckland to work at IRN News. He was always so enthusiastic about life and loved a laugh... it was like sharing an office with Jon Hamm."

Rarere described Boyed as "way too handsome and way too nice a person, but was always generous with praise and so, so encouraging in an industry full of selfish people".
"He helped me into a taxi after a monster night at John Tulloch's house and made sure I had cab fare to get home. Just the best of the best."

Close friend and former journalist Rachel Grunwell was shocked and devastated by Boyed's death.

"He was an amazing friend. I just wish I could have helped."

She and Boyed ran together "out west" but she said there was often more talking than running.

Rachell Grunwell with Greg Boyed and Newstalk ZB newsreader Niva Retimanu photographed at the Taupo Half Marathon in 2014. Photo / Achilles International NZ
Rachell Grunwell with Greg Boyed and Newstalk ZB newsreader Niva Retimanu photographed at the Taupo Half Marathon in 2014. Photo / Achilles International NZ

The pair were both ambassadors at Achilles New Zealand and she said Boyed took huge pleasure in helping other people.

When Boyed helped Grunwell guide a blind runner in the Rotorua Marathon a few years ago, he told her it boosted his confidence.

"He looked bullet proof but he wasn't. He opened up to few people but when he did he had a massive heart. He was just a really kind man and he loved his kids and his family."

She spoke of many special memories - Grunwell plays saxophone and Boyed was learning, she said.

"He was just a really good friend. He gave back so much, to the charity, it actually made him really happy. I've been crying all morning. It's bloody devastating."

Grunwell and another friend had breakfast with Boyed before he flew to Europe a week ago.

The pair hugged goodbye.

"It's just a lot of shock."

Another former colleague of Boyed's said he was a genuinely kind and funny person.

"Not at all the stereotype of a newsreader. He had a really quick wit and a subversive sense of humour. A decent warm person with no big headedness. There's a genuine sadness around TVNZ."

Broadaster Mike Puru has also shared his sadness at hearing the news today.

"Such sad news to hear - Greg was a great man to work and hang with - always striving to be the best he can - always asked what's going on in the TNVZ dressing room ...always had a good laugh and a great respect for others. RIP my friend."

Boyed was to start as contributing to the National Business Review following his return from Europe. Publisher Todd Scott said he was devastated by the news.

Politicians have also shared their condolences.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was saddened to hear of Boyed's passing.

New Zealand First list MP Jenny Marcroft worked with Boyed for several years at IRN News in the 1990s.

"I am devastated to hear of Greg's passing. He was a supremely talented broadcaster admired by the wider broadcasting community," she said.

"Knowing him was an honour and a privilege. I remember him as a kind and caring man and a pleasure to work with."

Minister of Broadcasting Clare Curran extended her condolences to the family and friends of Boyed.

John Bowden from Achilles New Zealand, where Boyed had been an ambassador guiding disabled athletes for the past three years, said news of Boyd's death was devastating.

"We've had lots of tears and sobbing actually. It's just unbelievable."

Bowden, who also coached Boyed as a marathon runner, was expecting to sit down with Boyed after his return from Europe to work out a running strategy.

"I don't know how I'm going to get over it. That's what hard for us who stay behind... why?"

He described Boyed as being able to easily relate to people with disabilities.

At the Rotorua marathon in May he guided a wheelchair bound athlete on the 10km run. At the start she made it clear she could do the event on her own, Bowden said.

But when the pair came to a steep 800m hill and the athlete asked Boyed for help he told her: "But you said you didn't need any help".

It took an extra hour but the woman completed the course under her own steam.

"That's how Greg was and that's how we work. We've lost a great man in terms of being passionate about athletes with disabilities. He could relate to any person with a disability which was unique about him."

He summed Boyed up as "kind and passionate" and said he was also a very loving family man who had drafted in his older daughter to guide at Archilles New Zealand.

Other have also expressed their saddness at hearding the news.

Boyed was known for his work on some of television's most recognisable shows - including One News, Fair Go, Q+A, Close Up, Target and Seven Sharp.

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