Today show host Brian Henderson has died at the age 89, one year after refusing treatment for kidney cancer.
The TV legend was Australia’s longest serving newsreader and has been hailed by those who knew him as “one of the greats”.
Brian Henderson, pictured in 2013, has died at the age of 89Credit: Getty
He was Australia’s longest serving news reader
Brian was known for his long association with Nine Network and retired from television in 2002.
The Today show host Karl Stefanovic announced his death live on-air on Thursday morning.
He said: “Brian was a much-loved member of the Nine family, hosting the Sydney weeknight news from 1957 until his retirement in 2002, becoming Australia’s longest-serving news presenter.
“He also hosted Bandstand for many years. I knew him – an absolute legend, a gentleman and a total professional who provided guidance and inspiration for many generations who followed. We loved him.”
Fellow Today show host David Campbell took to Twitter to share the news on Thursday morning, tweeting: “Brian Henderson has passed away. A legendary broadcaster and true gentleman. RIP to one of the greats.”
In February 2020, Brian revealed his decision to refuse further treatment of surgery after being diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said he’d had a “wonderful life” and wanted to spend his final days with his loved ones.
Henderson was known for his long association with Nine NetworkCredit: Nine News
He’s been hailed ‘one of the greats’Credit: Channel 9 publicity pic
The newsreader pictured in 1987Credit: Getty
He said: “I won’t go tomorrow, but what’s the point of living if you have to spend it in a hospital having treatment after treatment?”
He refused to have intrusive keyhole surgery to remove his right kidney and said he didn’t want radiation or chemotherapy.
“My doctor said the tumour in my kidney is likely to be slow growing so I’ve decided, at my age, to leave it there,” he added.
“The doctor said I’m likely to die of something else before this kills me.”
He had previously beaten cancer four times.
Brian arrived in Australia in 1953 to work as a DJ, before working for Channel Nine between 1957 and 2002.
He also hosted the popular Australian version of music show Bandstand between 1958 and 1972, which launched now iconic stars such as Peter Allen and the Bee Gees.
He leaves behind two children from his first marriage, and two children, Nicole, 50, and Jody, 48, with his second wife Mardi.
The star refused cancer treatment, saying he wanted to spend his final days with his familyCredit: Getty
Brian with wife MardiCredit: Getty