Peter Harvey, one of Australia's best loved and trusted television journalists, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 68.
The award-winning newsman with the rich baritone voice was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October last year and died with his family by his side.
Harvey was best known for his 37-year career with the Nine Network and enjoyed cult status for his sign-off with the famous pause: "Peter Harvey ... Canberra".
His passing prompted a wave of tributes from former prime ministers, media colleagues and the general public.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, his journalist children Claire and Adam, and his grandson, Rory.
Harvey was a reporter for almost half a century, starting out as a cadet with The Daily Telegraph in 1964 in his hometown of Sydney and winning a Walkley Award at the age of 20.
He worked for Newsweek and the Guardian before joining Nine in 1975.
While Harvey will be remembered for his distinctive voice, story telling and globe- trotting exploits, his colleagues fondly remembered his kindness.
"One of the things I most admired about him was the way he mentored younger staff. Peter's was a generous spirit, he's a real loss to journalism," Laurie Oakes said.
Ray Martin lamented the loss of a character.
"Journalism, like politics and life, is full of bland, colourless people," he said.
"He is full of colour."
Harvey was with his wife in Venice last year to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when he fell ill.
The couple returned home to Australia and Harvey was diagnosed with cancer.