Ex-TV presenter killed in harbour car plunge 10 months after wife’s death

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An ex-TV presenter has died after his car plunged off a harbour 10 months after the passing of his beloved wife.

1980s Northern Irish TV favourite Brian Black was pulled from the water at Strangford Harbour in Co Down today before passing away in hospital soon after.

Police were called to the incident involving Mr Black, aged in his 70s, around 11.30am, according to The Mirror.

It came less than a year after his ‘dearly loved’ wife Lesley died.

Her friends described her as a ‘a lovely woman, mother, wife and grandmother’.

Tributes have flooded in for Mr Black following his death as many praised his broadcasting career and tireless work as an environmentalist.



The smashed remains of a car recovered from the water in Co Down

The ex-UTV presenter passed away in hospital after being pulled out of the harbour water.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Police can confirm Brian Black, aged in his 70s, has died following an incident today, Tuesday 4th August.

“We received a report at 11.30am this morning that a car had entered the water at Strangford Lough.

“Mr Black was freed from the vehicle and taken to hospital where he sadly passed away.”

Tributes have been paid to the ‘kind’ presenter, with pals sharing their devastation at the news.



Northern Irish TV presenter Brian Black

Michael Wilson, former MD of UTV, tweeted: “So sad to learn of the passing of#BrianBlack.

“Brian was a superb journalist, programme maker and environmental champion. I send my condolences to his family and friends. The [email protected] – past and present – will mourn the loss of a remarkable man.”

The former UTV boss added that Mr Black was one of the most famous faces on Northern Irish TV during the 1980s.

Social Democratic and Labour Party councillor Gareth Sharvin also paid tribute to Mr Black.

He said: “Receiving the sad news that Brian Black who lived in the Kilclief area has sadly passed away from the incident in Strangford earlier today.

“I have known Brian for many of years, and remember visiting him last September on my first venture out after being released from hospital, following his sad loss of his wife Lesley earlier in the month of September 2019.

“He always had his family and the community at heart.My thoughts are with Kieron, Sarah and the wider family circle at this .”

Photographer Kevin McAuley also shared his sadness, describing Mr Black as ‘one of a kind’ and a great environmentalist, programme maker and presenter.

He added: “What a sad way to go. I worked long side Brian on many shoots in North Antrim Fair Head and Rathlin Island. Brian RIP.”

His former UTV colleague Gerry Kelly said: “I am devastated to learn of the tragic death of my former UTV colleague Brian Black. May he rest in peace.”



A car is examined after it entered the water at a harbour

“Police and other emergency service colleagues are currently dealing with an incident during which a car entered the water at Strangford Harbour,” the Police Service Northern Ireland previously said.

A spokeswoman for the RLNI previously told the Belfast Telegraph: “Portaferry RNLI and Portaferry Coastguard recovered a casualty from the water who was subsequently transferred to hospital.

“A search is ongoing to ensure no other casualties are involved.”

Mr Black specialised in environment-related programmes and had a keen interest in the effects of climate change on the High Arctic.

He won the Environmental Journalist of the Year award at Northern Ireland’s Press and Broadcast Awards multiple times.

Mr Black also gave talks to audiences in Northern Ireland and the other nations of the UK.