Renowned Carte Blanche anchor and journalist Derek Watts has died.
According to reports, Watts (74) lost his battle against cancer on Tuesday morning.
In June, Watts announced that he would be stepping back from his work to focus on his health.
He was diagnosed with skin cancer last year, which had spread to his lungs, according to a statement released by M-Net earlier this year.
He was also rushed to hospital in April after collapsing due to a suspected stroke. He was later diagnosed with severe sepsis.
Watts has been part of Carte Blanche since its inception in 1988.
He was well-known for his investigative journalism, playing an instrumental role in uncovering truth and justice for many.
Various tribute messages poured in for Watts following the news of his passing on Tuesday.
Sad news in the world of broadcasting today as we bid farewell to the legendary Derek Watts. His remarkable journey and dedication to journalism will forever be remembered. 💔🎙️#DerekWatts #BroadcastingLegend #RIPDerekWatts pic.twitter.com/juQtl4p7og
— RandburgSun (@randburg_sun) August 22, 2023
📺💔 Saddened by the loss of legendary broadcaster Derek Watts, who bravely fought against cancer. His impactful career and warm presence on and off screen will forever be remembered. Our hearts are with his loved ones during this time.#RIPDerekWatts #InMemoriam pic.twitter.com/i1QgnHVC8r
— Alex News (@AlexNewsZA) August 22, 2023
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