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Former Channel 7 reporter Nathan Templeton tragically passes away, aged 44

He was a father-of-two.

Former Channel 7 reporter Nathan Templeton has tragically passed away at the age of 44.

Nathan was known and loved as a popular presenter on Sunrise, as well as a poolside reporter at the Olympic Games.

It has been revealed that Nathan Templeton sadly died while walking his dog in Victoria on Monday. The Herald Sun reports Nathan was found near Barwon River in Geelong on Monday evening after suffering a medical episode.

He leaves behind his wife Kate and two young sons, Jack and James.

Nathan Templeton was known for his work on Sunrise. (Image: Instagram)

“The tragic news of Nathan’s passing has left us all at Seven profoundly saddened,” Managing Director Seven Melbourne Lewis Martin said in an email to staff.

“Nathan was a respected journalist whose passion for storytelling was evident in all his years reporting for Sunrise, 7NEWS and multiple Olympic Games.

“He was based out of Seven’s Melbourne headquarters but was well known and much-loved right across the network, and through his work on Sunrise and major sporting events, right around Australia.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, loved ones and especially his two young sons, during this difficult time.”

He has two young sons. (Image: Instagram)

Tributes have begun flowing in for Nathan Templeton, with family, friends, colleagues and viewers sending their condolences.

His family released a statement, which read: “Our hearts are broken for an adoring father and a wonderful friend, who’ll be missed by many”.

Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr wrote: “The toughest of days today. For 2 beautiful little boys and a whole family of love behind our colleague and mate Tempo. Years of eloquent storytelling behind him and so much more ahead. Too young and so terribly sad for everyone who knew him and all of you who watched and got to know him from afar. Heartfelt condolences to his family. 💕”

Meanwhile, Edwina Bartholomew also shared a tribute, confessing she would remember Nathan for his “gravelly voice” and his “intense passion for all things sport.”

She continued write: “he had a knack for getting the best out of athletes, even when they were disappointed in their own performance. He adored his boys. He will be missed.”

Nathan and Basil worked together when covering the swimming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (Image: Instagram)

Perth Lord Mayor and former Channel 7 sports presenter Basil Zempilas shared a tribute to Nathan on social media: “This is how I’ll remember Nathan. Always happy, so reliable, incredibly hard working and just so good to have on the team.

“He was team first. Always. That smile made everyone smile, his colleagues, his friends, the athletes, the audience. We’ll miss you little mate, my deepest condolences to Kate and the boys – your dad was a champion, we’ll never forget him.”

Former 7 journalist Ryan Phelan said: “He was an incredibly talented and hardworking colleague but I will treasure our conversations post Channel 7. Sending love to his young family,” he said on X (formerly Twitter).

9News reporter Corey Norris also shared a tribute, which said Nathan was a “brilliant broadcaster, even better bloke”.

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