09 November 2019 00:34
The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad announced the sad news of her death in a statement obtained by Aljazeera today. They wrote: "We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work. She was in an amazing room filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love "So many people have been in touch remarking on her powerful ability to turn around people's lives for the better. The presenter's cause of death is currently unknown. READ MORE: Jeremy Kemp dead: Z Cars actor dies aged 84 after health problems FORMER BBC and Channel 4 journalist Tazeen Ahmad has died aged 48 after a battle with cancer.
Ahmad, who worked as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent in both Britain and the US, died on Wednesday night, her family announced today. 6 Former BBC and Channel 4 journalist Tazeen Ahmad has died aged 48 after a battle with cancer Credit: Channel 4 6 Ahmad worked as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent in both Britain and the US Credit: BBC 6 She was also a mother to two young sons Tributes to Ahmad have poured in, with one former colleague describing her as "graceful, kind, and inspirational". Ahmad was among the first Muslim Asian women to raise to the top of British broadcast journalism, and won multiple awards for her work. In a statement announcing her death, Ahmad's brothers said: "We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work. "She was in an amazing room filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love when she passed away, surrounded by her close friends and family." 'FEARLESS, PASSIONATE, AND KIND' Over her career, Ahmad worked as a news and investigative reporter at the BBC, Channel 4's Dispatches, and US network NBC.
Adil Ray, creator and co-writer of BBC One sitcom Citizen Khan, wrote that Ahmad was "committed to real, authentic issues" and had "an amazing ability to tell the stories to a wider audience". MOST READ IN NEWS KNOCK OUT Conor McGregor DNA test reveals he's 'not dad of secret Grand National lovechild' COLD AS ICE Scots braced for FREEZING night as temperatures set to plummet to -6C 'FLY HIGH' Tributes paid to beloved Blantyre man after he was found dead Latest ROAD CHAOS A1 at Innerwick junction in lock down after multi-vehicle smash RAIL DELAY Inverness rail services disrupted after double decker bus smashes into bridge Nazir Afzal, former chief prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Ahmad had "bravely investigated challenging issues in award winning programmes", adding that "48 is no age to go". BBC London News presenter Riz Lateef said Ahmad was "fearless, passionate and kind". 6 Colleagues have described Ahmad as 'fearless, passionate, and kind' 6 As well as her work in journalism, Ahmad was an active advocate of women's rights and campaigner against domestic violence Credit: PA:Empics Entertainment 6 Ahmad passed away surrounded by friends and family Credit: Channel 4 Press Release We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former Channel 4 Dispatches journalist Tazeen Ahmad has died at the age of 48. Ahmad passed away on Wednesday November 6 following a battle with cancer. Ahmad's death was announced in a public statement by her brothers, reports Aljazeera, in which they praised her ability to leave a "lasting impression on everyone she met both through her professional and personal life". It said: "We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work. So many people have been in touch remarking on her powerful ability to turn around people's lives for the better. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now "She was so proud of her two young boys who are left to remember their loving, kind, smart, nurturing, beautiful mama. "She was in an amazing room filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love when she passed away, surrounded by her close friends and family," the statement said. Tributes have since been paid to the journalist who's career spanned two decades across several major networks including Channel 4, the BBC and NBC. BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan said she was "deeply saddened Tazeen Ahmad has died". She wrote on Twitter: "In 2001 when I joined the launch of @bbcthree news, she was the Presenter. Graceful, kind and inspirational she became a mentor and friend. It meant so much to see a brilliant Asian woman excel. She was a dogged journalist + a role model." Helen Purvis, a broadcast agent, said on Twitter: "Tazeen Ahmad will be terribly missed. She was an excellent journalist for @C4Dispatches @NBCNews @BBC who searched out truths in some very dark places, winning praise and prizes. A wonderful warm person with a wicked sense of humour that I, for one, will never forget." The 48-year-old she was among the first Muslim Asian women to rise to the top of broadcast journalism and was an active advocate of women's rights. Her documentary The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs won her the Asian Media Awards for Best Investigation in 2013. She also wrote a book 'The Checkout Girl' about her "undercover" investigation on life on the supermarket conveyor belt.