Bruce Russell Dead in early 70s
New Zealand radio host Bruce Russell is being remembered as a “talented host and newsreader” following the news of his shock death on Sunday night.
The veteran radio presenter passed away suddenly on Sunday evening while at work before he was due to start his on-air shift.
According to the Newstalk ZB, Mr Russell — who was in his early 70s — passed away at the station’s offices in central Auckland.
They confirmed his death in a statement on Monday morning.
“Bruce Russell, one of our long-time Newstalk ZB hosts, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully last night,” the statement read.
“Bruce was a wonderful team member and a talented host and newsreader who brought joy to our audiences for many years.
Tributes flow for ‘one of a kind’ radio host
Tributes from colleges — former and present— as well as fans poured in for the media personality.
“I am devastated,” sports broadcaster Miles Davis wrote. “Bruce was one of a kind and a colleague for over 20 years.
“Always made me laugh with his dry sense of humour and helped me a lot with his advice. I shall miss him as will his audience. My thoughts with family. Rest easy my old friend.”
Sad to hear the passing of Bruce Russell. Worked with him between 2007-2011 at ZB, mostly on the weekends. Never a dull moment with Bruce #RIP
— Tim Evans (@TimEvansSKY) April 24, 2022