Popular Channel 7 Queensland newsreader Frank Warrick OAM has died at the age of 76 following a five-year-battle with dementia.
He died peacefully at 4.50am on Tuesday morning surrounded by family, a statement released by the network confirmed.
Frank had a career spanning four decades, after joining the 7NEWS team in June 1976 as a part-time weekend newsreader.
In February the following year, he was promoted to full-time weekend news presenter and reporter.
A move to weekdays would soon follow, where he would eventually co-present the evening news alongside Kay McGrath, until his retirement in 2001.
Paying tribute to her co-presenter, Kay McGrath said: "My sincere condolences to Frank's wife Lyn and family. We had a very successful 13-year on air relationship during the 80's and 90's when 6pm news was a ritual for viewers.
“Live TV can be a challenging environment at times, but we always had each other's backs. Frank was the consummate professional, I never saw him fazed or flustered on air. He taught me a lot and I'm very saddened to hear he's left 'this world around us'."
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also remembered the TV journalist in parliament this morning, saying he was a welcome guest in homes across the state.
“We are just learning of the sad passing of Frank Warrick,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Frank was a welcome guest in thousands of Queensland homes for many decades as a newsreader and as a journalist.
“His love for this state was on show in a documentary series called The World Around Us, especially the part he loved best – Queensland. Our sympathies go to Frank’s wife Lyn and their family.”
Director of 7NEWS Brisbane, Neil Warren, said Frank "changed the way TV news was delivered", while Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson called him a "wonderful presenter and tremendous mentor to so many".
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