Channel 7 reporter Nathan Templeton remembered as ‘incredibly talented,’ ‘hardworking’ and ‘much loved’

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Tributes have poured in for Channel 7 reporter Nathan Templeton who died suddenly on Monday evening, leaving behind two young sons.

The Herald Sun reported that in the last couple of years the 44-year-old father had shied away from the spotlight to deal with personal issues and he had suffered a medical episode while walking his dog along the Barwon River near Geelong in Victoria.

Templeton had been a reporter with Channel 7 for a number of years and was “loved within the media and sporting community”.

During Channel 7’s Olympic Games coverage he was well known as the poolside reporter and worked for the Geelong Football Club as a ground announcer during home games.

Friends and colleagues have taken to social media to share their grief at the tragic news, with fellow television reporter Stephen Quartermain writing on X (formerly Twitter): “Hard to comprehend Nathan Templeton is gone. So young, vibrant, talented and cheeky. That’s how I’ll remember him. Vale and rest in peace.”

Former Sydney Swans player and AFL commentator Jude Bolton wrote, “Saddened to hear the sudden passing of Nathan Templeton. Thoughts go out to all family, to the Seven crew and his close friends.”

Channel 10 news presenter Tim Gossage said, “So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of former Channel 10 colleague Nathan Templeton. Hard working, humorous, respectful and much loved.”

Sky News Victorian political reporter Simon Love wrote, “Vale Nathan Templeton. A ripping bloke – always at the top of his game and a great source of advice and friendship on the road. Thoughts with his family.”

Former colleague Ryan Phelan said on X that it was heartbreaking to learn of Templeton’s death.

“He was an incredibly talented and hardworking colleague but I will treasure our conversations post Channel 7. Sending love to his young family,” he said.

In a statement, Seven Melbourne managing director and network head of sport Lewis Martin said the tragic news had saddened everyone at Seven.

“Nathan was a respected journalist whose passion for storytelling was evident in all his years reporting for Sunrise, 7 News and multiple Olympic Games,” he said.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, especially his two young sons, during this difficult time.”