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Channel Nine receptionist Lydia Rouesnel dies of cancer: Ben Fordham, Sylvia Jeffreys lead tributes

Ben Fordham and Sylvia Jeffreys lead tribute as beloved Channel Nine family member dies of cancer: ‘She was the heart of the Today show’

Tributes pour in after the death of long-serving Channel Nine receptionist Lydia Rouesnel.

Lydia, who spent two decades at the network and was described by a colleague as “the heart of the Today show,” died Friday after battling cancer.

Nine and 2GB presenter Ben Fordham wrote on Instagram on Monday: ‘You know those people who brighten up the room just by being there? Lydia Rouesnel did that at Channel Nine for twenty years.’

Tributes pour in after long-serving Channel Nine receptionist Lydia Rouesnel (pictured) died Friday after battling cancer

Tributes pour in after long-serving Channel Nine receptionist Lydia Rouesnel (pictured) died Friday after battling cancer

Lydia passed away on Friday after battling cancer. We loved her and she loved every day she had with Channel Nine.”

Fordham continued: ‘She had a soft spot for the boys and a bad sense of humour. She supported everyone and was always so pumped and positive.

“If you know someone like Lydia at work, let them know what a difference they make. I love you, Lydia.’

Nine and 2GB presenter Ben Fordham (pictured) said: 'You know those people who brighten up the room just by being there?  Lydia Rouesnel did that for 20 years at Channel Nine'

Nine and 2GB presenter Ben Fordham (pictured) said: ‘You know those people who brighten up the room just by being there? Lydia Rouesnel did that for 20 years at Channel Nine’

“If you know someone like Lydia at work, let them know what a difference they make.  I love you, Lydia,

“If you know someone like Lydia at work, let them know what a difference they make. I love you, Lydia,” Fordham wrote on Instagram

Today Extra anchor Sylvia Jeffreys wrote on Instagram: ‘Lovely words from Ben Fordham about our beautiful friend Lydia. She radiated love and positivity. She was a joy to be around and loved her family very much. We will miss her so much. Fly high, Lyds.’

Entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins also noted, “Well said, Benny… what a sad loss. RIP Lydia.’

‘I still can’t believe it. Always there with a smile and in for a chat. Always genuinely interested in other people’s lives. A rare gem. I love you, Lidia. Thinking of your loved ones,” said fellow Nine host Belinda Russell.

Today Extra anchor Sylvia Jeffreys wrote: 'Lovely words from Ben Fordham about our beautiful friend Lydia.  She radiated love and positivity.  She was a joy to be around and loved her family'

Today Extra anchor Sylvia Jeffreys wrote: ‘Lovely words from Ben Fordham about our beautiful friend Lydia. She radiated love and positivity. She was a joy to be around and loved her family’

Deborah Knight wrote, “Lydia loved everyone and we all loved her right away.”

“Such a beautiful woman,” said Nine News Perth host Tracy Vo.

Another Channel Nine staffer wrote under Fordham’s post: ‘This breaks my heart. Lyds was the heart of the Today show and always so upbeat and encouraging.”

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Nine stars including Richard Wilkins, Deborah Knight and Belinda Russell paid tribute

Nine stars including Richard Wilkins, Deborah Knight and Belinda Russell paid tribute

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