Was he pushed?
Second correspondent dies
16.45PM BST, 30 Mar 2003
The Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent Gaby Rado has been found dead at a hotel in Suleimaniya, northern Iraq.
ITN - producers of Channel 4 News - said that there appears to be no direct connection with any military action.
It is believed that Gaby fell from the roof of the Abu Sanaa hotel into the car park below, where his body was found.
ITN journalist Terry Lloyd was killed in Iraq earlier this month after coming under fire. Two of his crew are still missing.
The Abu Sanaa hotel is being used by a number of journalists including the team from Channel 4 News.
Between 0820 and 0830 local time the security guard at the hotel car park reported that somebody had fallen from the hotel roof.
Gaby was found with serious head injuries in the hotel car park. He received immediate first aid at the scene and was then taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Gaby's body is currently at the Forensic Hospital in Suleimaniya. The Suleimaniya police are conducting a full inquiry and are also keeping ITN informed of developments.
They have found an eyewitness who saw Gaby walking up to the hotel roof alone but did not see what happened next.
Suleimaniya is a major town in the Kurdish controlled area of northern Iraq.
Over the past few weeks Gaby had been reporting for Channel 4 News on the activities of the Kurdish fighters and coalition troops in the area.
Yesterday, those forces advanced to the outskirts of Kirkuk. The front line is more than 50 miles west of Suleimaniya and there have been no reports of fighting in the town.
ITN and Channel 4 are working to ensure that Gaby’s body is brought home as soon as possible.
Jim Gray, Editor of Channel 4 News said: "All of us are utterly distraught and our thoughts are with Gaby's family.
"Gaby was truly a unique figure in television journalism, and his reporting and analysis of some of the world's most tumultuous events was always imbued with his uniquely cultured sensibility and perception.
"He was among the most experienced in his field, and had worked on award-winning assignments for Channel 4 News chartering the transformations and conflicts throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Afghanistan.
"We loved Gaby very much and he will be deeply missed".
Stewart Purvis, ITN Chief Executive & Editor-in-Chief added: "Gaby Rado was one of the great practitioners of the intelligent, probing and sometimes sceptical journalism which is the hallmark of Channel Four News.
"His death is a tragedy for his family, friends and colleagues across the different newsrooms within ITN.
"We will make every effort to bring his body home whilst we also continue to try to recover from Basra the body of ITV News correspondent,Terry Lloyd, and to search for the missing ITV News crew members Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman".
Gaby Rado joined ITN in 1985 as a writer on the news on ITV, before moving to Channel 4 News as a reporter in 1988.
As a specialist in foreign affairs for Channel 4 News, Gaby covered most of the major international upheavals of the past decade including the conflict in Afghanistan, the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the war in Bosnia and the conflict in Kosovo.
Gaby was the programme’s Moscow correspondent from 1991-92. He also reported widely on the European Community.
Gaby won three prestigious Amnesty International awards and co-won an award in 1996 for a series of reports on Bosnia/Srebrenica. The same body of work contributed greatly to the BAFTA award Channel 4 News won in 1996.
Born in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Gaby emigrated with his family to England when he was eight years old, where he attended King's College School, Wimbledon. He then read English at Christ's College, Cambridge.
His career in journalism began in 1976 when he worked as a reporter on the Kentish Times. In 1978 he moved to BBC Radio Leicester as a reporter, and then joined BBC Television in 1979 where he worked as a Sub-Editor for three years.
Gaby was 48. He met his current wife, Desa, whilst on assignment in Serbia. He had two children by his first wife, Carol Rado.