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Shock and grief ... Social media reactions to Ian Boyne's passing

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The late Ian Boyne.

There has been an outpouring of shock and grief on social media following the passing of veteran journalist Ian Boyne.

‎Boyne passed away in hospital this morning after a brief illness.

He had only recently suffered a series of heart attacks and was at home recovering but had to be readmitted on the weekend.
Here are some of the comments posted on Twitter:

@AndrewHolnessJM: It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the death of veteran journalist and a true friend Ian Boyne. This is a shock to me. I will make a statement soon.

@karendmadden: Even Jamaica's dancehall referenced Ian Boyne. Man crossed every walk of life.

Cordel Green: "He held a neutral space in a polarised environment. He leaves a legacy which will serve as a solid guidance and foundation of reliable quality and substance."

@VicMelhadoDaley: A phenomenal journalist and legend has passed but has left a great legacy behind; may his soul RIP. #Condolences to his family. 

@kryticalmind: Waking up to such disheartening news about Mr. Boyne. He fed families with inspiration through the profiles of Jamaican and Black Excellence. Immeasurable impact on the psyche and aspirations of many, including my own. A life well spent and well lived, Ian. 

@yaneekpage: I can’t even process the magnitude of this loss for Jamaica. Devastated. Rest well Ian Boyne

@floydgreenja: Personally, because of Profile, I grew up hoping that I would meet Ian Boyne. Watched every Sunday. The stories gave me so much hope and belief. Fortunately I got the chance to tell him a few weeks ago the impact he had on my life. 

@SujaeBoswell: We have lost a bank of wisdom and compassion. Ian Boyne was truly a great and humble giant, each of our conversations was laced with profitable advice. He definitely characterized a profile of excellence.

@rodneytwit: I am numb and in a place of the unknown ... I paid tribute to you in a way that would immortalise the mutual respect, love and admiration we had for each other's works ... You did it all Ian Boyne my friend ... your way ... #RIP Ian Boyne 

@findpatria: He was a man I had much respect for. Religious Hardtalk was brilliant TV and Profile guest was the life's ambition of many. God, brace your ears. This one's a talker. 

@jovanthony: Newspapers were not delivered to my little Red Hills community and every Monday morning, at recess, right after devotions, one of my first duties was to head to Edwin Allen's library for Sunday Gleaner and straight to #IanBoyne's piece. Books for me to know and read. 

@ChrisgayleCg: The impact of Ian Boyne on this Jamaican society has no limits. His programme profile was a "ray of hope" for many and inspired every "jack man" in some way or the other. Easily the most articulate person I have watched on TV over the years. 

@realshellyannfp: My heart is heavy ... R.i.p Ian Boyne!!!

@PDPhillipsJa: We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Ian Boyne's passing. He was a giant in journalism and injected a deep nationalist commitment into his practice, effectively crossing political and social lines. Our condolences to his family and the wider journalistic family. 

@ClydeWilliams46: R.I.P Ian Boyne. You came, you saw, you contributed and have left an indelible mark. The Sunday Gleaner will never be the same! Yours was a life filled with achievements, love and hearty laughter!

@owenjamesja: Ian Boyne, JIS executive and host of TVJ'S Profile died in hospital this morning. Ian you fought a great fight. May your soul rest in peace.#RIPIanBoyne

@julianjay: Deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ian Boyne. He contributed so much to the media landscape in Jamaica. I will miss his insightful commentary on Sunday, the exposure of some many Jamaicans, particularly those from humble backgrounds through Profile. RIP

@julietcuthbert: I am just in total shock of Ian Boyne's death. He interviewed me about 20 years ago and then again in 2015. We have lost a great journalist. Gone too soon

@MalahooForteQC: In contemplation of the value of life on this side of eternity as we say farewell to #IanBoyne. 

@PressSecOPM: Still in shock. A man with such grace and poise and a teacher to all of us. I admired him and his work so much. RIP #IanBoyne. I will miss you