Gary Burgess Bio, Wiki
Gary Burgess is a former American Presenter/Reporter who was working for ITV News prior to his sudden demise on the 1st of January 2022. He stated that his career in journalism was and had never been his original plan or interest.
Gary Burgess Dates of Birth
Burgess was born on the 13th of November 1975 and he died on the 1st of January 2022 at the age of 46 years old. He died peacefully at Jersey Hospice Care, in Jersey, the US where he has lived since 2012.
Gary Burgess Measurements
He was standing at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Gary Burgess Education
He is a proud graduate of Montgomery High School. There, he was able to join their high school radio station ‘MHR’. While there he used to present a one-hour golden oldies show at 7 a.m. This was a one-hour pop program that aired during lunch hour and a ten minutes bulletin in between. It was here that he got the passion for joining a journalism career.
Gary Burgess Work Experience
He began his media career while working at a radio station that was located in Blackpool. There, he transitioned slowly from a teaboy to a breakfast show presenter and later to the head of programs over a nine-year period. While here is where e got to grow his love and desire for radio and make his interests in news and current affairs grow.
Later on, he moved bit by bit to radio stations located in Liverpool, Guernsey, Warrington, and Glasgow. In Guernsey, he moved from music radio to speech radio and this was before he joined the lovely team at ITV Channel which is an opportunity he was called upon to take. He counted it a privilege to have gotten an opportunity to speak to people and make big decisions in the island and tell stories in addition to taking his camera and gathering news and views of the people affected.
Through his career, he was able to get a reputation for asking no-nonsense questions to people in power. This is in addition to getting the reputation of getting ways to tell people stories of those in need of a platform to air out their plight.
He lives us with the quote “variety is the spice of life” even as he said that along the way he had gotten an opportunity to do random fun stuff. He was mostly found covering the day’s top story and blogging or tweeting when he had the opportunity to.
Away from work, he was a podcast addict, lover of a cheeky iced coffee, and Netflix Banger. He took coffee anywhere with a decent view in Jersey.
Gary Burgess Net Worth
In Burgess’ career as a Presenter/Reporter, he had been able to accumulate a net worth ranging between $1 Million and $3 Million.
Gary Burgess Parents and Siblings
He shared that he has a brother who resides in Madrid with his wife and two children. In addition, his father lives in north Wales. He grew up in South Africa from the age of 6 to the age of ten as his father’s job demanded them to move there. Later on, he returned to Blackpool where his grandparents lived.
Gary Burgess Gay/Partner
Upon his death, he was openly gay and was in a marriage with his partner Alan whom they tied knots in 2018. This was even after being the first same-sex couple to convert a civil partnership into marriage after the island legalized same-sex marriage. However, they had made an unofficial marriage ceremony in March prior to the law taking the course.
Gary Burgess Kids
Burgess prefers to keep information about whether or not he had any children away from the public hence it is not known if he had any children at the moment. An update of this information will be out when available.
Gary Burgess Illness/Death
The year 199 saw him being diagnosed with testicular cancer which was at the age of around 23 years old. The disease got to spread all the way to his lungs and chest and he had to receive three months of chemotherapy. Later in 2014, cancer made its way back to the lungs and in the year 2015, he had part of his right lung removed. He went ahead to have surgery in the month of August 2016 in order to remove the cancerous tissues that were in between his heart and the windpipe. Later on, he went ahead to become a key picture in cancer campaigns by cancer charities such as Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Later on, still in the year 2016, he began suffering from brain fog, nausea, exhaustion, and headaches. The month of January 2017 saw him being signed off work for around 18 months and was later eventually diagnosed having myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Burgess set up a blog in order for him to share his experiences of living with this condition and he went ahead to state that it came with many suicidal thoughts.
In the month of October 2019, a CT scan was done on him and showed that he had five inoperable tumors between his lungs and around his trachea and esophagus. These tumors required salvage therapy.
On the 3rd of November 2020, in between the corona pandemic, through a video call with his oncology consultant in Southampton, he was told that his cancer was terminal with no treatment available. The oncology went ahead tell him that he only had about six to twelve months to live. It is at this time that he later retired from his broadcasting career in the month of August 2021 in order for him to focus on his wellbeing and health.
Throughout his life, he has been open about his experience of cancer in newspaper articles, television interviews, and blogs and he mostly sought to address a taboo about death. Burgess met his demise on the first of January 2022 at Jersey Hospice Care where he died at the age of 46 years. Prior to his demise, he wrote a letter that was to be shared stating:
“I’ve had the best life. I’ve had the luckiest life. I met my soul mate and the love of my life who went on to become my husband. I got to work with some of the most amazing people in newsrooms and studios doing the job I absolutely adore. And I’ve been able to share my own relatively short time on this planet surrounded by friends and loved ones who have enriched my life in ways they may never truly understand.
My greatest sadness is the prospect of leaving all of that and all of them behind. The thought of doing that to Alan is unfathomable to process, but I also know the very people who’ve shown me love and support will now wrap up those feelings around him in the coming days. It’s time for me to hand over my microphone and keyboard for others to do the talking about me, so let my final words simply be ‘thank you.’ Every person in my life has, in their own way, helped me live my best life. That’ll do.”
Gary Burgess Awards
Just shortly after his final ITV report and radio show, he got awarded a Silver Seal by Timothy Le Cocq, and Jersey’s Bailiff in recognition of his contribution to the island life.
Gary Burgess Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
He was vocal on his social media accounts where he posted frequently. On his Twitter account, he had about 18,480 followers, around 8,200 followers on his Facebook page, and about 5,080 followers on his Instagram account.