TVNZ news presenter Greg Boyed has passed away

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TVNZ news presenter and journalist Greg Boyed has died in Europe.

The broadcaster was on a family holiday in Switzerland with his wife and young son.

Family members have rushed overseas following Boyed's death.

The family said in a statement:

"It is with great sadness that we share news of the sudden death of broadcaster Greg Boyed on Monday, 20 August, whilst in Switzerland with his wife and youngest child.

"He was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured son, brother, husband and father, he will be deeply missed.

"Greg was a talented journalist, presenter, musician and an exceptional friend to those lucky enough to know him.

"Greg, 48, had been battling depression. Greg was the kindest and most caring man, a devoted father who cherished and loved his two children.

"We are all struggling to comes to terms with this."

As well as his young son, Boyed has a daughter, now in her early 20s, from an earlier relationship.

You will recognise Boyed from TV shows such as One News, Fair Go, Q + A, Close Up and Target.

He was one of the three original hosts of Seven Sharp, alongside Jesse Mulligan and Ali Mau, when that show started in early 2013.

Boyed married Swiss singer-songwriter Caroline Chevin in 2014 in her native country, in a surprise wedding. Their son was born the following year.

Boyed was a musician, who played the drums and was also an accomplished marathon runner.

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