Nat Barr breaks down in tears live on air - forcing producers to abruptly cut ... trends now

Nat Barr breaks down in tears live on air - forcing producers to abruptly cut ... trends now
Nat Barr breaks down in tears live on air - forcing producers to abruptly cut ... trends now

Nat Barr breaks down in tears live on air - forcing producers to abruptly cut ... trends now

Sunrise host Nat Barr has broken down into tears while live on air - forcing producers to cut to an ad break. 

Her tearful outburst came after an emotional letter was read from South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, whose son Charlie died after suffering an irreversible brain injury when he was allegedly hit by a car on Schoolies. 

The hosts heard that Commissioner Stevens had signed off the heartfelt note by saying his son's death meant so much more than just a number on a tragic tally. 

Barr seemed unable to speak as she choked back tears with her co-host Matthew Shirvington, known by viewers as Shirvo, forced to take over the segment. 

The story had a particular impact on Barr, who has two sons Lachlan, 22, and Hunter, 18. Hunter, having completed high school earlier this year, would have been celebrating schoolies week at the time the police commissioner's son died. 

'I've got to be honest with you, it's extremely hard to get through without shedding a tear even though whether you knew Charlie or you didn't know him,' Shirvo said. 

'The understanding of losing a teenage child, Nat and I are in that position with teenage kids, it's extremely difficult.'

Shirvo, who also appeared to be getting emotional, then read a line from the letter. 

'You lived a life and gave so much to so many. You're a force of nature, we'll never forget your beautiful, cheeky, disarming smile.'

Her voice breaking, Barr added: 'Well said Shirvo. We'll be back in a

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