Beloved Australian newsreader Yvette Mooney has passed away aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.
The Perth TV reporter started her media career with Seven News in 1984 and became the first presenter of Today Tonight in 1995, a role she held for two years.
Mooney went on to co-host Perth at Five alongside Basil Zempilas but left Channel Seven in 2008 following her cancer diagnosis.
She passed away on Saturday night surrounded by family, who have since released a statement and asked for privacy while they grieve.
“Our hearts are broken but our precious angel Vetti is at peace after a long battle with cancer,” her family said. “Her grace and courage was an inspiration. Yvette’s beautiful heart, kindness, wisdom, that gorgeous smile enriched our lives.”
Tributes are flowing from a number of her Channel Seven colleagues, including Seven News Perth hosts Susannah Carr and Rick Ardon who labelled her as “the complete package”.
“She was a really good journalist and was a beautiful girl both inside and out,” Carr said. “Beautiful to look at, beautiful voice but a really nice nature and lovely to be around.”
“Yvette always had a warmth about her and spoke really easily on camera,” Ardon added. “Some of us have to work at how we speak but with Yvette, it just came naturally. She was a beautiful person and we’ll miss her.”
Former Sunrise star Simon Reeve also shared a heartwarming tribute to Ms Mooney, saying she was “one of the most beautiful souls” he’s had the privilege of working with.
“The very best of our home city and state,” he said. “She was devoid of ego, loved by all and an outstanding journalist and presenter. To her family and friends especially her bestie Debra Bishop another equally divine human being, all our love and strength.
“My father Earl was your biggest fan Yvette. May you Rest In Peace now and thank you for the gifts and joy you gave to so many people."
Ms Mooney is survived by her husband Phil and son Andre.
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