Australian media figure Rosemary Margan has passed away at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer.
The well-known weather presenter for Channel Nine died on the Gold Coast, where she had been living for the past few years, with her husband Ross by her side.
Margan worked in the national television industry for more than 40 years and made history as the first Australian woman to appear on TV while pregnant.
In addition to her onscreen career, Margan was also a talented waterskier, winning six titles in the sport. Margan also won three Logies throughout her time in the media.
Up until 2007, Margan appeared on Melbourne’s 3AW Mornings as the live advertisement presenter alongside her brother-in-law, Neil Mitchell, who paid tribute to the late TV personality during his Wednesday morning broadcast.
“So, Rosie has died,” Mitchell said. “She was a pioneer in television, she was a water skiing champion.
“She was a strong and independent woman in an era where strong, independent women didn’t put their heads up. A real lady but, underneath that, an air of toughness and extraordinary strength. Her health battles were legendary, but she didn’t complain about it.”
Bert Newton, who worked with Margan at several Logies ceremonies, also expressed his sadness.
“I’m very sorry to hear the news — Rosemary was a great lady and a wonderful person,” Newton told the Herald Sun.
“I think we did 19 or 20 Logie Awards together and she was a delight to work with.
“There was no-one at Channel 9 who was loved as much as Rosemary was. She was exactly what you saw on television — a beautiful girl with a wonderful nature.”