Gay former Channel Seven newsreader Ian Ross dies
The much-loved former Channel Seven Sydney newsreader Ian Ross has died.
The veteran news reader who left Channel Seven in 2009 was suffering with pancreatic cancer. The cancer was found after a routine medical checkup earlier this year.
Fairfax newspapers reported that on hearing of the doctor’s prognosis of five months to live, Ross said:
''While I agree with the diagnosis, I do not necessarily agree with the prognosis.”
Ross, or ‘Roscoe’ as he was affectionately known, was known for his humour and wit and tributes have poured in from the news and entertainment industry.
Nine TV host David Campbell said: "One of the nicest blokes of TV Ian Ross has passed away. He will be missed by so many."
WATCH:Ross retired in 2009 from Channel Seven
Ross’s career spanned five decades starting off in 1957 at Sydney radio station 2GB. He then went on to spend 38 years at Channel Nine working on the Channel Nine News and the Today Show.
He joined Channel Seven in 2003 where he took their struggling news program to number one within two years.
Ross went public about his long-term relationship with Gray Bolte in January this year. The couple had been together for 22 years.
Ross credited the support of his partner, his ex-wife and his three children for his positive attitude throughout his illness.