Sir Paul Holmes dies

Paul Holmes began his broadcasting career in the 1970s.
Paul Holmes began his broadcasting career in the 1970s.
Broadcaster Paul Holmes signs off from his radio breakfast show for the last time, with his mother Chrissie.
Broadcaster Paul Holmes signs off from his radio breakfast show for the last time, with his mother Chrissie.
Broadcaster Paul Holmes receives a standing ovation after being knighted by Governor-general Jerry Mateparae.
Broadcaster Paul Holmes receives a standing ovation after being knighted by Governor-general Jerry Mateparae.
Paul Holmes during his last week at his Newstalk ZB studio in Auckland, in December 2008.
Paul Holmes during his last week at his Newstalk ZB studio in Auckland, in December 2008.
Paul Holmes with his a vintage Second World War training aircraft.
Paul Holmes with his a vintage Second World War training aircraft.
Holmes crashed his plane into a deer fence on Ngamatea Station near Taihape in 2004.
Holmes crashed his plane into a deer fence on Ngamatea Station near Taihape in 2004.
Paul Holmes, Judy Bailey and John Hawkesby hosted the 1990 Telethon.
Paul Holmes, Judy Bailey and John Hawkesby hosted the 1990 Telethon.
Paul Holmes defected from TVNZ to Prime TV  in 2005.
Paul Holmes defected from TVNZ to Prime TV in 2005.
Deborah and Paul Holmes.
Deborah and Paul Holmes.
Paul Holmes gets a wipe down before a televised Leader's Debate at Avalon studios.
Paul Holmes gets a wipe down before a televised Leader's Debate at Avalon studios.
Paul Holmes in court during the drugs trial of his adopted daughter Millicent Elder in 2008.
Paul Holmes in court during the drugs trial of his adopted daughter Millicent Elder in 2008.
TVNZ's former Q+A Team (L-R) Guyon Espiner, Dr Jon Johansson, Dr Therese Arseneau, Paul Holmes.
TVNZ's former Q+A Team (L-R) Guyon Espiner, Dr Jon Johansson, Dr Therese Arseneau, Paul Holmes.
Paul Holmes with Winston Peters.
Paul Holmes with Winston Peters.
The broadcaster wrote about the Erebus air crash in his 2011 book Daughters of Erebus.
The broadcaster wrote about the Erebus air crash in his 2011 book Daughters of Erebus.

Broadcasting trailblazer Sir Paul Holmes has died at his beloved Hawke's Bay home surrounded by his family.

Holmes, 62, had been battling heart problems and the return of prostate cancer, which he recently said was more aggressive than before.

He ended his broadcasting career in November because of poor health and was a late addition to the New Year honours list, being made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He has been suffering for much of the past year from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a genetic heart condition that thickens muscles and restricts bloodflow - and from prostate cancer.

Holmes had four hours of open-heart surgery earlier last year in Auckland Hospital, including nearly a week in an induced coma as he recovered.

He was back in hospital in November after he got an infection.

''When you have a few health scares it makes you think and it provides an opportunity for perspective,'' he said at the time, as he stepped down from his role as a mainstay presenter for radio station Newstalk ZB.

He headlined TVNZ's flagship Holmes programme until 2004. 

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