Brian Hanrahan has died

BBC News correspondent Brian Hanrahan has died at the age of 61.

Hanrahan, a former diplomatic and foreign correspondent, died after a short battle against cancer.

Brian will be best remembered for the line: “I counted them all out and I counted them all back,” from his report from the South Atlantic during the Falklands war in 1982.

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Jeremy Bowen looks back on Brian’s life.

Colleagues of Brian have paid tribute to him on twitter.

Martha Kearney – Radio 4 presenter

Very sad news for us. Brian Hanrahan has died. He’ll be missed on The World This Weekend. Lovely man and great journalist

Mishal Husain – BBC News presenter

Very sad to hear about Brian Hanrahan. Always reassuring to see him step into the studio in the midst of a breaking story..
he was calm, considered, insightful, ageless – and a true gentleman. We will really miss him

Jon Williams – BBC Foreign editor

No exaggeration to say Brian Hanrahan was a legend. Few break through as he did – even last week was worrying about not doing Harriers story

Sian Williams – BBC Breakfast

Just heard some very sad news:our wonderful friend and colleague Brian Hanrahan had died. A brilliant reporter & a wonderful man.

Bill Neely – ITN correspondent

Very sad to hear of the untimely death at 61 of Brian Hanrahan, a great broadcast news man.

James Pearce – BBC Sports correspondent

Not only was Brian Hanrahan extraordinarily talented reporter, he was also a gentleman. A man a generation of BBC reporters could look up to

Mark Austin – ITV News presenter
Quality reporter, incisive writer, thoroughly decent man. A loss this profession can ill afford.

Julie Etchingham – ITV News presenter
Brian Hanrahan was a hero of tv news. Met him on the Falklands for the 25th anniversary – modest, charming and kind. Was in total awe.

Nazanine Moshiri – Al-Jazeera correspondent

Veteran journalist Brian Hanrahan has died aged only 61. So sad he was so kind and charming.

Jonathan Samuels – Five News correspondent

I met Brian Hanrahan, veteran BBC correspondent, in the falklands for anniversary of conflict. A sad loss.

Updated: Monday 20 December 2010
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