Nathan Templeton: Popular former Sunrise reporter dies aged 44

Peta Rasdien
The Nightly
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Popular Sunrise reporter Nathan Templeton has died aged 44.
Popular Sunrise reporter Nathan Templeton has died aged 44. Credit: Nathan Templeton/Instagram

Popular former Channel Seven star Nathan Templeton has died, aged 44.

The longtime Sunrise reporter and father of two boys was found dead near the Barwon River on Monday after suffering a medical episode while out walking his dog.

Based in Melbourne, Templeton was popular among his colleagues and a devoted dad.

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Templeton worked for Channel 7 since 2012 and covered major events including the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Australian Open.

His social media accounts are filled with loving photos of his children, including one from a week ago of an Easter egg hunt.

“Favourite morning of the year,” he wrote.

Tributes are flowing from Templeton’s colleagues who have remembered him as a 'ripping bloke'.
Tributes are flowing from Templeton’s colleagues who have remembered him as a 'ripping bloke'. Credit: Instagram

Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin said Templeton’s passing had left all at Seven “profoundly saddened”.

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

“He was based out of Seven’s Melbourne headquarters but was well known and much-loved right across the network, and through his work on Sunrise and major sporting events, right around Australia.

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

Templeton’s Seven colleague Basil Zempilas also paid tribute, posting to X that he was “always happy, so reliable, incredibly hard working and just so good to have on the team.

“He was team first. Always.

“That smile made everyone smile, his colleagues, his friends, the athletes, the audience. We’ll miss you little mate, my deepest condolences to Kate and the boys - your dad was a champion, we’ll never forget him.”

Sky News reporter Simon Love also paid tribute to a “ripping bloke”.

“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,” he said.

One viewer remembered his time as an announcer for Geelong Football Club, prior to his TV career.

“Rip , thank you for being the voice at all Geelong home games . You’ll always have a special place in our heart,” they wrote.

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