The body of Channel 4 News foreign correspondent Gaby Rado arrived back in the UK on Tuesday morning following his death in Sulaimaniya, the Kurd-controlled town in northern Iraq on Sunday, writes Wale Azeez.
He has been taken to funeral directors in Sevenoaks, near his home in Kent, and all documents from the Kurdish hospital and authorities have been passed on to his local coroner.
Rado’s body was found outside his hotel, the Abu Sanaa, used by the Channel 4 News team and other journalists. It is understood that he fell from the rooftop.
Hungarian-born Rado, 48, is the second ITN journalist in two weeks to die in Iraq.
A Channel 4 News spokesman at ITN said it was in contact with the local police in Sulaimaniya, who were carrying out an investigation into Rado’s death.
Channel 4 News editor Jim Gray described Rado as a man “with a quiet, calm intelligence, which was most evident when the rest of the world was going mad. He has charted the transformations and the upheavals in the Balkans, in Afghanistan and Eastern Europe with a clarity and intelligence which was second to none. We are all utterly distraught and he’ll be deeply, deeply missed.”
Rado joined ITN in 1985 from the BBC and became a Channel 4 News correspondent in 1988.
He is survived by his wife Dessa, former wife Carol and two children.