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Former BBC and Channel 4 news presenter Tazeen Ahmad has died aged 48 following cancer battle

She died on Wednesday night

A former BBC and Channel 4 journalist has passed away at the age of 48 following a battle with cancer.

The family of Tazeen Ahmad, whose career included work as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent, confirmed she died on Wednesday (06.11.19).

She won numerous awards for her work (Credit: Real Stories / YouTube)

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As reported by The Sun, Tazeen's brothers said in a statement: "We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work.

"So many people have been in touch remarking on her powerful ability to turn around people's lives for the better.

"She was so proud of her two young boys who are left to remember their loving, kind, smart, nurturing, beautiful mama."

Tazeen's family confirmed that she passed away on Wednesday night (Credit: TEDxTalks / YouTube)

Speaking of the moment Tazeen passed away, her brothers said she was in "an amazing room" that was "filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love", with all her family and close friends around her.

Tazeen was considered one of the first Asian Muslim women to rise to the top of broadcast journalism in Britain.

And during her career, she was recognised with multiple awards for her work - including the Asian Media Award for Best Investigation in 2013, which was won by her Dispatches documentary The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs.

Tazeen was one of the most gifted journalists of her generation.

Tributes poured in on Twitter.

Solicitor Nazir Afzal wrote: "I'm deeply saddened by passing of Tazeen Ahmed. She bravely investigated challenging issues in award-winning programmes including one I did with her, Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs, about grooming.

"48 is no age to go. My thoughts with her family and friends."

Her career included groundbreaking work for both the BBC and Channel 4 (Credit: Real Stories / YouTube)

The official Twitter account of the Asian Media Awards wrote: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tazeen Ahmad.

"Tazeen was one of the most gifted journalists of her generation and during her life made an incredible impression on all those who met her.

"Our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues."

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And Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman tweeted: "Such a tragic loss: Tazeen will be fondly remembered. Gone far too soon."

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