Former long-time ABC weather presenter Mike Bailey died in hospital last night aged 71.
He had a stroke several weeks ago.
Bailey joined the ABC as a cadet in the late 1960s and then spent 13 years as a reporter and weather presenter with Channel Seven.
He rejoined the ABC in 1984, when he became best known as a trusted face in the NSW 7:00pm TV news bulletin, presenting the weather for more than two decades.
He left the broadcaster to unsuccessfully run for Labor against Joe Hockey in the seat of North Sydney at the 2007 federal election.
Bailey was honoured in last year's Queen's Birthday Honours list with an OAM.
He was appointed Chairman of Wests Ashfield Leagues Club in 2011.
In a statement, Wests Ashfield CEO Simon Cook said "the news of Mike's passing is devastating".
"Mike was a mentor, a friend and a beautiful human being," he said.
"The staff and I will miss his smiling face, his wisdom, loyalty and his unwavering support.
"Our thoughts are with his wife Helena, son Michael and his extended family at this heartbreaking time."
ABC managing director David Anderson said Bailey had been a "much-loved nightly fixture".
"He was an accomplished journalist and presenter, a respected and well-liked colleague and loved by viewers," Mr Anderson said.
ABC presenters paid tribute to the veteran broadcaster, remembering him as a craftsman, mentor and friend.
ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland tweeted that Bailey was "superb at his craft and was a genuinely nice man".
News Channel presenter Joe O'Brien described him as "a down to earth, warm, funny guy" with a "cheeky glint in his eye".
Former 7:00pm news presenter Richard Morecroft said he remembered Bailey with "enormous fondness" and "a huge amount of professional respect".
"He was a wonderful person to be teamed up with in the television news studio," he said.
"What he brought to the weather each night in terms of understanding communication and great technical professionalism was a real delight to work with.
"Whatever length you wanted he could say exactly what was required in exactly the right length for television production needs ... the greatest of professional respect for that."
"He was a lovely human, he was gentle, thoughtful and good humoured."
7.30 presenter Leigh Sales sent her condolences to Bailey's family and close friends.
"He was an absolute gentleman, with a lovely sense of humour."
Former ABC presenter Tony Eastley told ABC Radio Sydney: ?Everyone in Sydney felt like they knew Mike."
"He was the consummate weather guy, he was the saviour of so many 7:00pm bulletins ? he was quite incredible."
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