'Complete shock': Award-winning journalist Tazeen Ahmad dead at 48

BAFTA nominated journalist and news presenter Tazeen Ahmad has died at the age of 48 following a battle with cancer, Al Jazeera reports.

Ahmad worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and ITN as well as a foreign correspondent for NBC News.

Ahmad reported for BBC Three’s Liquid News and also presented the channel’s 60 second bulletins and News Show.

She went on to present Dispatches investigations on subjects such a sex gangs, female jihadis, beauty creams and cruise ships.

Tazeen Ahmad has died after a battle with cancer. Source: Getty

She won an RTS Journalism award for the documentary The Hunt For Britain's Sex Gangs which also picked up a BAFTA Current Affairs nomination in 2014.

Other broadcasters and colleagues have paid tribute to Ahmad, with BBC London News' Riz Lateef tweeting: "Am still in complete shock at the deeply sad news that Tazeen has died. She was fearless, passionate and kind ... my heart goes out to her family #RIP."

Actor and presenter Adil Ray said she was extraordinary.

“Committed to real, authentic issues & an amazing ability to tell the stories to a wider audience. She was always lovely & full of joy. Thoughts with her family,” he tweeted.

BBC News South Asia correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan said Ahmad was “graceful, kind and inspirational” and became a “mentor and friend”.

“It meant so much to see a brilliant Asian woman excel. She was a dogged journalist and role model,” she tweeted.

Her agents Kright Ayton Management said she shone a light on important stories but did so with care, sympathy and integrity.

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