Lorraine Kelly pays heartfelt tribute as ‘lovely’ former ITV co-star dies

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Presenter Lorraine Kelly has shared her condolences on Twitter after the death of former colleague Paul Reizin.

The 61-year-old took to the social media platform on Wednesday to share the sad news with her 656,600 followers while describing Paul as "funny and smart as a whip".

Sharing the heartfelt tweet with a picture of her fellow worker dressed as King James 1, she penned: "Sad news. A lovely man. Funny and smart as a whip."

The morning presenter's tweet was in response to the announcement that was made on TV-am's Twitter account.

The statement read: "We are very sad that TV-am reporter Paul Reizin has died, seen here in typical character… playing the part of King James 1st for a Good Morning Britain feature in 1989."

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Some of Lorraine's followers reacted to the sad announcement and wrote "sad news" in response to her tweet.

Meanwhile other colleagues that worked with Paul also shared their sadness under the original post.

BBC Journalist Nick Owen wrote: "Terrible news. What a character he was – good journalist and hugely entertaining colleague."

Another person agreed with Nick and said: "Very sad news Nick. Paul always used to pick up the most interesting stories. Lovely to work with. I feel like my Mum when she started to lose old friends. RIP Paul."

Meanwhile a third commented: "How sad. He was a great reporter on tvam may he rest in peace."

"Very sad news indeed, thoughts with Paul's family and friends," a fourth added.

Paul began his media career working in the press and radio before he made the leap into television, where he worked in front and behind the camera.

While employed as a reporter he covered several stories including the collapse of Communism to the National Unusual Pets Show.

As a producer he was involved in factual entertainment programming.

Lorraine and Paul first met when they worked alongside each other on TV-am at the start of her career.

During October 1984, the daytime host joined the programme as the Scotland correspondent. Following on from this she then went on to present the show's Summer Sunday programme in 1989.

She also provided much needed cover for presenters on the main weekday programme during that year.

Not long after, Lorraine then moved onto GMTV before presenting her own self-titled programme from 2010.

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