Much-loved newsreader dies aged 58 – as devastated friends and colleagues share touching tributes: ‘Our hearts are broken’
- Yvette Mooney’s colleagues pay tribute after her devastating death from cancer
- The much-loved Channel 7 newsreader remembered for her ‘grace and courage’
- Colleague recalls Ms Mooney was ‘the complete package’, with talent and looks
A much-loved newsreader remembered for her ‘grace and courage’ has died, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer.
The death of Yvette Mooney, 58, had devastated her family, friends and former colleagues at Channel Seven in Perth.
Ms Mooney presented the news for almost two decades in Western Australia, having joined the network in 1984.
Channel 7 anchor Susannah Carr said Ms Mooney was ‘the complete package’.
Yvette Mooney (pictured), who has died aged 58, has been fondly remembered by colleagues as ‘the complete package’
‘She was a really good journalist [and] was a beautiful girl both inside and out,’ Ms Carr told 7NewsPerth.
‘[She was] beautiful to look at, beautiful voice but a really nice nature and lovely to be around.’
After starting her career as a reporter, Ms Mooney quickly moved to the news desk, presenting weekend bulletins.
In 1995, she became the first presenter of current affairs program Today Tonight, staying with the show for two years.
She later co-hosted news program Perth at Five alongside Basil Zempilas, Perth Now reported.
Channel 7 presenter Rick Ardon said Ms Mooney would be sorely missed.
‘Yvette always had a warmth about her and spoke really easily on camera,’ he said.
‘Some of us have to work at how we speak but with Yvette it just came naturally. She was a beautiful person and we’ll miss her.’
Ms Mooney left Channel 7 in 2008 when she was diagnosed with cancer.
She battled against her illness for 16 years until her death, surrounded by family, on Saturday night.
Her devastated family said Ms Mooney was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
The death of Yvette Mooney (pictured), 58, had devastated her family, friends and former colleagues at Channel Seven in Perth
‘Our hearts are broken but our precious angel Vetti is at peace after a long battle with cancer,’ the family said in a statement.
‘Her grace and courage were an inspiration. Yvette’s beautiful heart, kindness, wisdom and that gorgeous smile enriched our lives.’
Mr Zempilas said Ms Mooney was recently able to celebrate her son Andre’s 21st birthday with family.
‘(Celebrating) with the extended family was so special to her,’ he said.
Ms Mooney is survived by Andre and her husband Phil.