Shock as beloved ABC presenter Russell Woolf dies: 'Heart is broken'

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Beloved ABC Radio Perth breakfast presenter Russell Woolf has died at the age of 56.

The news of his passing came as a huge shock, with his colleague Geoff Hutchison announcing it on air on Tuesday morning.

ABC Radio Perth breakfast presenter Russell Woolf
ABC Radio Perth breakfast presenter Russell Woolf has died. Photo: Twitter

“We’ve got some really sad news to share with you this morning that our beloved friend and colleague Russell Woolf died earlier this morning. It’s come as a huge shock to us,” he said.

“You leave a very big hole in our hearts.

“Today is a sad day.”

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Russell is survived by his wife Kylie and daughter Bronte, with Geoff saying: "Our thoughts really are with Russell's wife Kylie and Bronte and we're giving them every support we can.

"Goodbye to our dear friend and colleague and you leave a very big hole in our hearts and our lives."

Nadia Mitsopoulos and Russell Woolf
Host of Mornings on ABC Perth Nadia Mitsopoulos also took to her Twitter to write: “My heart is broken. I love you Russ. I’ll miss your hugs. Privileged to have shared a studio with you.” Photo: Twitter/Nadia Mitsopoulos

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan was one of the first to pay tribute to the presenter, taking to Twitter to write:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of local media legend, Russell Woolf.

“His unique and iconic voice, wit and and personality made him beloved by countless Western Australians. For many of us, whether we knew him personally or not, it will feel like we've lost a friend today.

“My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Premier Mark McGowan Twitter
Premier Mark McGowan paid tribute to Russell on his Twitter account. Photo: Twitter

Host of Mornings on ABC Perth Nadia Mitsopoulos also took to her Twitter to write: “My heart is broken. I love you Russ. I’ll miss your hugs. Privileged to have shared a studio with you.”

Russell had been with the broadcaster since 1977 and before landing the ABC Radio Perth gig he hosted the Drive program until 2013.

He also held TV jobs and was the weather presenter on ABC’s 7PM news from 2007 until 2011.

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