Charlene White opens up on ‘heavy grief’ as ITV co-star Gary Burgess, 46, dies in sleep

Gary Burgess says goodbye to ITV news in August 2021

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ITV announced that journalist Gary Burgess had “died peacefully” at his hospice after a battle with cancer yesterday. Taking to Twitter today, 41-year-old newsreader Charlene White reacted to the sad news.

In view of her 54,000 followers, she wrote: “Sending so much love to Gary’s husband Alan, their family and friends, and especially his @ITVChannelTV family.

“The kindness shown to him today, and the heavy grief amongst those who knew him at ITV News is a true reflection of just how wonderful he was.”

Charlene had previously wished her colleague well after he stepped down from his job in August due to health.

Just nine months prior to this, he was given a terminal cancer prognosis.

Gary explained that he was departing ITV as a reporter and would be taking early retirement.

At the time, he tweeted: “It’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster of a day as it’s my last day of work. I’ll be sharing special stuff along the way.

“No. Really. Retiring at 45? What a liberty!”

In response, the Loose Women star wrote: “Sending you love, hugs, and everything in between Gary xx.”

The journalist chose to retire to “make memories” with his husband Alan and his loved ones.

He said: “You may know I’ve had some health issues of late, the cancer is now advancing more, and doctors tell me the time has come to focus on my own wellbeing in whatever limited time I have left to enjoy life.”

Gary went on to say he had the “luckiest” 46 years and had worked with “some of the most amazing people” during his career.

The Manchester-born presenter began hosting at Radio Wave in Blackpool in 1992.

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He had worked for several media organisations on the Channel Islands, including Jersey radio station and Channel 103 radio.

Gary joined ITV in May 2011 in the Guernsey newsroom and made a move to Jersey in March the following year.

He tied the knot with Alan back in 2018.

His spouse said in a statement today: “I would like to publicly thank all of the many people and services within Jersey, and also at Southampton General Hospital, who have cared for Gary so well over the last seven years through all of the different stages of this disease.

“Gary was always grateful for the many kindnesses he was shown, whether it was from the nurses in the oncology ward, the porters wheeling him down corridors when he was too weak to walk by himself or the cups of coffee made by volunteers in the MacMillan Oasis Suite.

“I have to say a special thank you to Jersey Hospice and the Clinical Investigations team from Jersey’s hospital, who together enabled Gary to stay safely and comfortably at home for as long as possible in accordance with his wishes.

“He was even able to continue making occasional trips to his favourite breakfast spots on the island with his oxygen tank in hand.”

Alan went on to thank fans for their well wishes and support. 

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