Posted: 7 October, 2016 by AAP

Rebecca Wilson Passes Away, Aged 54

Vale Rebecca Wilson

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Award winning sports journalist Rebecca Wilson, who died aged 54 following a long and private battle with breast cancer, has been remembered as a "bloody good" reporter.

Wilson died at her family home in Sydney in the early hours of Friday, her husband John Hartigan and sons Tom and Will said in a statement.

"Rebecca kept knowledge of her illness a closely guarded secret," the family said.

"The majority of her friends, colleagues and indeed members of her family were unaware of the extent of her illness."

"She did so to limit their suffering."

Former colleagues, celebrities and sports stars paid tribute on social media to Wilson, who's career in the newspaper and television industry spanned more than 20 years.

"Vale Rebecca Wilson. Loved her forthright opinions + her willingness to fight for them. Hope she is enjoying a 'chardy' in the sky," former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis tweeted. Ellis was regular guest on TV talk show The Fat, which was co-hosted by Wilson in the early 2000s.

Country music star Troy Cassar-Daley said it was sad news. "Always wonderful to yarn to and had spirit!"

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres tweeted: "Mum, husband, sister, friend, frank, fearless & a bloody good journalist. Rebecca Wilson you will be missed by many. Gone too soon."

Nine television host Lisa Wilkinson, who was a fellow panellist with Wilson on the Beauty and the Beast talk show, tweeted: "So sad to hear of passing of my former Beauty & The Beast partner in crime #RebeccaWilson. Thoughts so much with Harto & her treasured boys."

Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont tweeted: "She was a passionate & gutsy reporter who loved sport. She will be missed."

Wilson's family said they were proud of her.

"She brushed aside evil trolls, bullies and organised crime figures to prosecute her craft," they said.

Tributes have been flowing on social media. 


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