Susanna Reid leads tributes as former ITV News editor Geoff Hill dies aged 52

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Susanna Reid has paid tribute to former ITV News editor Geoff Hill, who passed away at the age of 52 following his brave battle with leukaemia.

Geoff, who was first diagnosed with the illness in 2017, was surrounded by family as he passed away on Thursday after being admitted to the hospital last week.

And following his tragic passing, Good Morning Britain's Susanna took to social media to describe the late broadcaster as a "thoroughly lovely man" in an emotional tribute.

Sharing the tragic article announcing the news, the 50 year old tweeted: "Above all else, Geoff was a thoroughly lovely man. This is so, so sad. Sending love to his wonderful family."

Susanna went on to share a tribute to Geoff from ITV News royal editor Chris Ship, who wrote: "We are all beyond devastated to share the news that our friend and colleague @geoffhillITV has passed away.

"He fought and fought the leukaemia which hit him 4 years ago, and he did it bravely. He was part of our family, and we will miss him. Rest in Peace."

Geoff is survived by his wife Nat and children Emily, Olivia and Alfie.

Speaking in a statement, Nat, who also works for ITV News, said: "I'm sure many of you will join me and his family in being beyond devastated that he has left this world. For what a life he led, and what an impact he made.

"To some at ITN, Geoff was a bit of a legend they knew little about, to others their greatest boss, to many their greatest colleague."

Deborah Turness, chief executive of ITN, which produces ITV News, added: "Geoff loved ITN and everything good it stands for and was fiercely proud to be named Editor of ITV News. He once said it was "the proudest moment of my entire working life".

"He led from the front, with guts and raw energy. His enthusiasm was limitless because he just loved his job. He came to work every day with a big smile on this face.

"He was a force of nature and loved nothing more than to be at the heart of the barely controlled chaos of a breaking news story. He was fizzing with ideas, a human dynamo always ready for action."

Geoff temporarily stepped down from the role of full-time Editor of ITV News to focus on his treatment and had planned to return in 2020.

However, following a relapse, Geoff decided with "deep sadness and regret" that he would permanently step down from the role in September last year.

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