ITV News stars pay heartbreaking farewell to Emily Morgan at presenter's funeral
ITV health editor Emily Morgan has been laid to rest just over a month since dying of lung cancer.
The journalist, whose career spanned two decades, died aged 45 on Friday, May 26.
Morgan worked at the broadcaster for 23 years, and played a major role in covering the COVID-19 pandemic as its Health and Science Editor.
She was a mother to two daughters.
Mourners have now paid tribute during her funeral, which was held on Wednesday at the same church in Gloucestershire where she married her husband Rob.
Attended by family, friends and colleagues, ITV News presenter Tom Bradby told those gathered that it was ‘such a joy knowing her, as a work colleague and as a friend’.
‘There wasn’t a day that I spent with her where she didn’t bring a great deal of joy and epic amounts of laughter into my life.
‘Nothing gave me as much joy – few things in my working life have given me as much joy – as watching her fall in love with Rob and have two wonderful daughters who she talked about constantly and adored,’ he continued.
‘So finally then, what I can really say, is a version of what I said in my tribute on News at Ten to Emily, farewell my friend, we did know you and we really loved you.’
In a statement posted by her former employer, ITV said that while Morgan was extremely proud of her work, her ‘greatest source of pride was her family, including her two young daughters’.
‘She told many colleagues at work that she wanted to be remembered, not as a journalist, but as a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend,’ it continued.
As health editor, Morgan led ITV News’ coronavirus coverage in Britain and abroad.
She reported tirelessly from the frontline, taking audiences inside hospitals throughout the pandemic and covering the tragedies and triumphs of that gruelling period.
She produced multiple investigations into racial prejudice, PPE failures and Long Covid, during the pandemic.
She once said she ‘never imagined I’d report on so many deaths in one year’ and it ‘wasn’t easy’.
‘What every death is not, is a statistic. Yet, with so many, the fear is each one gets added in with another and they become a blur of numbers,’ she said.
Morgan went on to say she took great pride in working to ‘reflect on individual cases, speak to family and friends, use victims’ names, photos and memories’.
Immediately following her death, NHS England also shared their condolences.
‘Everyone at NHS England deeply saddened to hear this terrible news,’ it posted on social media, adding that Morgan was a ‘brilliant journalist whose coverage of Covid in particular was exceptional’.
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