BBC journalist Brian Hanrahan, best known for his coverage of the Falklands War, has died at the age of 61, the Corporation has reported.
He famously told the nation how he watched Harrier jets take off and “counted them all out, and I counted them all back”.
He spent more than 20 years at the BBC.
BBC World News Editor Jon Williams paid tribute to the man he described as “a big character”.
He told BBC News Hanrahan had been scheduled recently to report on the last flight of the Harrier jets which are being scrapped because of spending cuts.
He said: “On the morning he sent a text to a colleague saying he was just not well enough. Well he wasn’t well enough because he was in hospital but that’s the measure of the man, he had a hunger, he was 61 years old and he had a hunger to do the story, and as I say he was a big character and television needs big characters and people who can punch through the screen and be embraced by the audience, and that was Brian’s lasting achievement, he was loved by the audience.”
BBC News reported he died after a short battle with cancer.
He worked in eastern Europe and as the BBC’s Far East correspondent over the course of a long career.