Broadcaster Phillip Leishman dies
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 6:04a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Veteran New Zealand broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died at the age of 61, after a battle with cancer.
Leishman had slipped into a coma in recent days after a rapid deterioration in his condition.
He had a brain tumour operated on in March last year.
Leishman’s good friend and fellow sports broadcaster Des Coppins says Leishman’s family are strong, and knew his death was coming, but they’re still devastated.
“He’s so proud of these kids and they’re all going through probably hell right now, but the fact for Phillip is that he’s going to miss out on a number of such important moments to their careers and to their lives,” says Coppins.
Coppins earlier told Fairfax that tributes to Leishman from members of the public had been flooding into the studio at Radio Trackside in recent days.
"It is sad not only for his family but judging from the calls from the public… it shows he was well loved and well respected," he said.
Another veteran broadcaster, Keith Quinn, has been a friend and colleague of Leishman for 30 years – and says he still has one of his last interviews.
“It’s Phillip Leishman at his absolute vintage best – he’s bright, he’s smiley, he’s funny. He remembers every race horse he ever had, he told stories about all his colleagues – myself included,” says Quinn.
He says Leishman was always immaculately dressed and thoroughly professional.
After first appearing on regional television in Dunedin in the 1970s, Leishman went on to host over a thousand episodes of the quiz show Wheel of Fortune, and covered the Olympic and Commonwealth games between 1976 and 1998.
In later life he had concentrated on sports programming and golf commentary.
He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for services to broadcasting and the community.
His is survived by his wife Michelle, and three children Harry, India and Lily.
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26/02/2013 10:13:38 p.m.
Very sad news RIP Phillip NZ has lost one of the best commentators it's ever had. You will be sadly missed. Love and thoughts to go out to his family xx
26/02/2013 8:11:24 p.m.
Avril & Robyn Murray, Tillicoultry Scotland wrote:
R.I.P. Phillip. We have many happy memories of your times here with us in Scotland. We will miss you dearly. God Bless. Our love is sent to Michelle, Harry, Lily and India. You are in our thoughts and may we always be friends.
26/02/2013 6:48:17 p.m.
RIP Phillip nz will surely missed one of the best commentators. Thoughts and prayers for his family.
26/02/2013 6:02:27 p.m.
So young to loose such a beautiful person, inwards and outwards, a favourite amongst us all.Our love and thoughts are with his loved ones. Rest in Peace with no pain.XX
26/02/2013 4:30:14 p.m.
Rip Philip one of the best commentators nz has had he will be surely missed a really cool bloke, our thoughts go out to his family
26/02/2013 2:56:36 p.m.
RIP, Phillip you're one of the best.
26/02/2013 12:15:05 p.m.
Thoughts and prayers go to the Leishman family. I hold him in high regard as broadcaster.
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