Tributes flow for TV News anchor Ian Ross

A MAN who millions of Australians grew up with and welcomed into their lounge rooms has passed away. (Article by Rachael Junge)

TV News legend Ian ‘Roscoe’ Ross, 73, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer overnight, while surrounded by family and friends on the Gold Coast.

The former Seven and Nine newsreader is survived by his three children, eight grand children, ex-wife, and his partner of 22 years, Gray Bolte.

ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT reports, Ross had routine blood tests before Christmas last year, which resulted in the news that the pancreatic cancer had spread to his liver and he had five months to live.

He chose not to undergo chemotherapy, instead looked at alternative medicines.

“I have decided not to have treatment as chemotherapy might only give me a few more months and only then if it was successful. I don’t want to spend whatever time I have left lying in a bed going through chemo, I’d rather take an earlier exit if I have to.”

Network Seven confirmed his death this morning, prompting an outpouring of tributes on social media.

“The entire team at Seven News is deeply saddened by the death of our wonderful colleague, friend and mentor, Ian Ross,” the statement said.

Director of Seven News, Sydney, Chris Willis, paid tribute to Ian: “We all loved Roscoe. He was the consummate newsman and a wonderful human being. He had incredibly high professional standards and could be a tough task master. He led our news brilliantly in the time he was here.”

The Channel Nine stalwart’s media career began in 1957. Ross initially retired from television and went to the Gold Coast in 2001 with his long-term partner.

The news veteran came out of retirement in 2003 to sign with Seven, eventually leading to the station overtaking Nine just two years later.

He finally retired in 2009 from a 50-year career which had started at radio station 2GB in the 1950s.