Seven saddened by Ross death

The Seven Network says they are deeply saddened by the death of news presenter Ian Ross.

"The entire team at Seven News is deeply saddened by the death of our wonderful colleague, friend and mentor, Ian Ross.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Roscoe's partner Gray and his family," a Seven statement says.

Ross, affectionately known as Roscoe, delivered Sydney's Seven News for seven years before he retired in 2009, ending his five decade career.

Director of Seven News in Sydney, Chris Willis, said everyone loved Roscoe.

"He was the consummate newsman and a wonderful human being. He had incredibly high professional standards and could be a tough taskmaster. He led our news brilliantly in the time he was here.

"He was also great fun to work with. He was serious about his job, but didn't take himself too seriously and frequently entertained the newsroom with jokes at his own expense.

"We will all treasure our memories of Roscoe."

Ross was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly before Christmas last year. He died overnight at the age of 73.

The West Australian

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