Nathan Templeton’s final Instagram post after tragic death

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Popular sport presenter Nathan Templeton’s final Instagram post shows just how tragic the Sunrise reporter’s sudden death is.

Australian sport has been left devastated by the death of the Channel 7 host, who tragically died, reportedly while walking his dog.

The Herald Sun first reported the 44-year-old father of two was found near Barwon River in Geelong on Monday evening after suffering a medical episode.

Templeton was a popular reporter on Seven’s Sunrise and was widely praised for his work across Seven’s AFL, tennis and Olympic swimming coverage.

It is understood he had retreated from the limelight over the past few years to deal with personal issues.

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In his most recent social media posts, he shared pictures of his two sons Jack and James opening their Easter eggs.

“Favourite morning of the year,” he wrote alongside the picture a week ago.

His previous post came in February when sharing a photo ahead of the first day of the 2024 school year.

“Big day for Jack and James, Grade 1 and 3yo kinder,” he wrote.

Both posts have been flooded with tributes from fans and colleagues.

Templeton was just as popular with his peers as he was with TV audiences and is being remembered as a class act.

Seven Network issued a statement early Wednesday expressing sorrow at the sudden passing of the popular reporter.

Seven Network issued a statement early Wednesday expressing sorrow at the sudden passing of the popular reporter.

“The tragic news of Nathan’s passing has left us all at Seven profoundly saddened,” Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Network Head of Sport Lewis Martin said.

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

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

Sydney Swans legend Jude Bolton, who worked with Templeton at Seven, was among those to share his heartbreak publicly.

“Saddened to hear the sudden passing of Nathan Templeton,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Thoughts go out to all family, to the Seven crew and his close friends.”

Channel 10 sport giant Stephen Quartermain wrote on X: “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.”

Popular sport TV host Ryan Phelan wrote: “Heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Nathan Templeton. He was an incredibly talented and hardworking colleague but I will treasure our conversations post Channel 7. Sending love to his young family.”

Channel 9 sport reporter Corey Norris wrote: “So saddened to hear the passing of Nathan Templeton. Brilliant broadcaster, even better bloke”.

Perth-based sport media veteran Tim Gossage wrote on Twitter: “So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of former Channel 10 colleague Nathan Templeton. Hard working, humorous, respectful and much loved.

Channel 7 entertainment reporter Peter Ford also wrote: “Very nice guy. Everyone saddened and shocked”.

Former football commentator Peter le Gran also wrote: “Deeply sorry to read of Nathan Templeton’s passing. An absolute lovely man. RIP Nathan”.

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”.

Sport radio host Matt Granland wrote: “Rest in peace Nathan Templeton. A kind and gentle soul taken way too soon”.

Former horse racing journalist Damien Ratcliffe posted: “Saddened to learn of Nathan Templeton’s passing. Was a pleasure to work alongside in my couple years as a shotlister for Ch10, always had time for a start up like me”.