BBC and Channel 4 journalist-presenter Tazeen Ahmad dies at 48 

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Former BBC and Channel 4 journalist and news presenter Tazeen Ahmad has died at the age of 48.

Ahmad, who worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer.

Her brothers announced the sad news in a statement, saying she was 'surrounded by her close friends and family' as she passed away.

Ahmad's Dispatches documentary The Hunt For Britain's Sex Gangs won an RTS Journalism award, and it was nominated for a current affairs TV Bafta.

She contributed to several newspapers and magazines, and in 2009 wrote the book The Check-out Girl, detailing her undercover work in a supermarket at the height of the recession.

Tributes have poured in for the mother-of-two, with The Asian Media Awards saying she was 'one of the most gifted journalists of her generation' and the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was 'deeply saddened' by the news.

Ahmad (pictured), who worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer.

Ahmad (pictured), who worked for BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches and as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer.

Sangita Myska, Ben McCarthy and Tazeen Ahmad (right) formerly presented the latest national and international news on BBC's The News Show

Sangita Myska, Ben McCarthy and Tazeen Ahmad (right) formerly presented the latest national and international news on BBC's The News Show

Tazeen Ahmad with her son, filmed at the Whittington Hospital, for Dispatches. An undercover report into maternity services at the hospital reavealed a crisis in maternity care

The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad (pictured in a promotional shot for Dispatches: When Cousins Marry) announced the sad news of her death today saying: 'We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work'

The brothers of Tazeen Ahmad (left with her son at Whittington Hospital and right in a promotional image for Dispatches) announced the sad news of her death saying: 'We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work'

Tributes have been pouring in for the journalist (above and below), with BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was 'deeply saddened' by the news

Tributes have been pouring in for the journalist (above and below), with BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan saying she was 'deeply saddened' by the news

A statement from Ahmad's brothers Faheem and Nadeem said: 'Farah Tazeen was an amazing individual truly loved by her family and friends.

'She encouraged and motivated and left a lasting impression on everyone she met both through her professional and personal life.

'We remain immensely proud of all she achieved - as a mother, journalist, writer and for her coaching work.

'So many people have been in touch remarking on her powerful ability to turn around people's lives for the better.

'Her groundbreaking and award winning television reporting work took her across the world into some of its most troubled areas and, at home in the UK, Tazeen tackled difficult but crucial subjects which resulted in real change.

'She was so proud of her two young boys who are left to remember their loving, kind, smart, nurturing, beautiful mama.

'She was in an amazing room filled with sunflowers, cushions, candles and an abundance of love when she passed away, surrounded by her close friends and family. She will truly never be forgotten.'

Tributes have been pouring in for the talented journalist including from the likes of British actor and comedian Adil Ray and BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. 

Tazeen Ahmad explored the word 'balti' in a BBC series about words, phrases and their origins. The series explores the hidden histories behind words with the mission to solve some of the most intriguing mysteries in the English language

Tazeen Ahmad explored the word 'balti' in a BBC series about words, phrases and their origins. The

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