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BBC and Channel 4 journalist-presenter Tazeen Ahmad dies at 48 

Former BBC and Channel 4 journalist and news presenter Tazeen Ahmad has died at the age of 48.

Ahmad, who worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer.

Her brothers announced the sad news in a statement, saying she was ‘surrounded by her close friends and family’ as she passed away.

Tributes have poured in for the mother-of-two, with The Asian Media Awards saying she was ‘one of the most gifted journalists of her generation’ and the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

Ahmad (pictured), who worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer.

Sangita Myska, Ben McCarthy and Tazeen Ahmad (right) formerly presented the latest national and international news on BBC's The News Show

Sangita Myska, Ben McCarthy and Tazeen Ahmad (right) formerly presented the latest national and international news on BBC’s The News Show

Tazeen Ahmad with her son, filmed at the Whittington Hospital, for Dispatches. An undercover report into maternity services at the hospital reavealed a crisis in maternity care

The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad (pictured in a promotional shot for Dispatches: When Cousins Marry) announced the sad news of her death today saying: 'We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work'

The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad (left with her son at Whittington Hospital and right in a promotional image for Dispatches) announced the sad news of her death saying: ‘We remain immensely proud of all she achieved – as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work’

Tributes have been pouring in for the journalist (above and below), with BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was 'deeply saddened' by the news

Tributes have been pouring in for the journalist (above and below), with BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news

The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad announced the sad news of her death in a statement obtained by Aljazeera today.  

They wrote: ‘We remain immensely proud of all she achieved – as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work.

‘So many people have been in touch remarking on her powerful ability to turn around people’s lives for the better.

‘She was so proud of her two young boys who are left to remember their loving, kind, smart, nurturing, beautiful mama.

‘She was in an amazing room filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love when she passed away, surrounded by her close friends and family.’

Tributes have been pouring in for the talented journalist including from the likes of British actor and comedian Adil Ray and BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. 

Tazeen Ahmad explored the word 'balti' in a BBC series about words, phrases and their origins. The series explores the hidden histories behind words with the mission to solve some of the most intriguing mysteries in the English language

Tazeen Ahmad explored the word ‘balti’ in a BBC series about words, phrases and their origins. The series explores the hidden histories behind words with the mission to solve some of the most intriguing mysteries in the English language

Tributes have been pouring in for the talented journalist, including from the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan who said she was 'deeply saddened Tazeen Ahmad has died'

Paying tribute, The Asian Media Awards said: 'We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tazeen Ahmad. Tazeen was one of the most gifted journalists of her generation and during her life made an incredible impression on all those who met her'

Tributes have been pouring in for the talented journalist, including from the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan who said she was ‘deeply saddened Tazeen Ahmad has died’

Nida Hasan, Ahmad's niece, said in a Facebook post that her aunt was 'a doting mother to two of the most intelligent, kind, young boys I know, and a pair of cats'

Nida Hasan, Ahmad’s niece, said in a Facebook post that her aunt was ‘a doting mother to two of the most intelligent, kind, young boys I know, and a pair of cats’

British solicitor Nazir Afzal OBE paid tribute to the journalist, saying 'she bravely investigated challenging issues' (other tributes are pictured below)

British solicitor Nazir Afzal OBE paid tribute to the journalist, saying ‘she bravely investigated challenging issues’ (other tributes are pictured below) 

BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan said she was ‘deeply saddened Tazeen Ahmad has died’.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘In 2001 when I joined the launch of @bbcthree news, she was the Presenter. Graceful, kind and inspirational she became a mentor and friend. It meant so much to see a brilliant Asian woman excel. She was a dogged journalist + a role model.’

Actor Adil Ray said: ‘Very sad to hear of the passing of journalist and presenter Tazeen Ahmed.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.’

Nida Hasan, Ahmad’s niece, said in a Facebook post that her aunt was ‘a doting mother to two of the most intelligent, kind, young boys I know, and a pair of cats’.  

Helen Purvis, a broadcast agent, said on Twitter: ‘Tazeen Ahmad will be terribly missed. She was an excellent journalist for @C4Dispatches @NBCNews @BBC who searched out truths in some very dark places, winning praise and prizes. A wonderful warm person with a wicked sense of humour that I, for one, will never forget.’

Tazeen Ahmad is pictured alongside Professor Tanya Byron in an image for BBC television programme The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

Tazeen Ahmad is pictured alongside Professor Tanya Byron in an image for BBC television programme The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

Tazeen Ahmad is pictured in an image for Dispatches: The School Dinner Scandal

Tazeen Ahmad is pictured in an image for Dispatches: The School Dinner Scandal

Fellow journalist Imran Khan, who works for Al Jazeera, said: ‘ I just arrived in NYC and found out that Tazeen Ahmed has passed away. 

‘What can I tell you? We met as young journalists in 1994. We bonded instantly. I’ll be honest. I fancied her completely. Just look at the picture. She was smart and funny and cool. 

‘We spent time at the BBC together and we stayed in touch as she became a mother and I a father. Every October 13th I would send her birthday message. From fancy to respect we became cheerleaders of each other. 

‘From NBC to channel 4 to her own wellness business Tazeen was a talent. I write this in a cab into Manhattan and laugh as I remember one of the last things she said to me. ”For most people immigration is a queue. For you it’s a challenge.’ Tazeen. RIP.’  

The Asian Media Awards also paid tribute, saying: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tazeen Ahmad. 

‘Tazeen was one of the most gifted journalists of her generation and during her life made an incredible impression on all those who met her. Our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.’ 

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