BBC star Mark Chapman overcome with emotion as he addresses colleague John Hunt's tragic loss

Carol Hunt of Bushey
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A BBC presenter was visibly moved on live television as he spoke about the devastating loss suffered by his colleague John Hunt, whose wife and two daughters died in a horrific incident covered.

BBC's renowned racing commentator John Hunt faced an unimaginable tragedy when his wife Carol Hunt, 61, and their daughters Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were discovered with severe injuries at their home in Bushey, Hertfordshire. All three family members died from their injuries at the scene.

Suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, was apprehended on Wednesday evening (July 10) following a 24-hour manhunt. Clifford was found near a North London graveyard and was taken to hospital for the treatment of his injuries, police reported.

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Mark Chapman, who is not only Mr Hunt's colleague but also a good friend, confronted the sad news head-on during his time on-air for BBC Radio 5 Live while covering the Euros 2024 pre-match between England and The Netherlands. Choking back on his emotions, Mark said: "This has been a heartbreaking day.

"John Hunt is our colleague and our friend, not just to the current 5 Live sport team but to all of those who've worked here with him over the past 20 years, and to all of you who have enjoyed his superb commentaries," reports the Express, reports the Mirror.

As Mark Chapman delivered a heartfelt tribute during the sombre announcement of the three deaths, his voice broke with emotion as he said: "So on behalf of everybody connected to 5 Live sport, our love and thoughts and support are with John and his family."

BBC 5 Live host Mark Chapman
BBC 5 Live host Mark Chapman -Credit:BBC

While recounting the tragic news on his radio segment, which was also broadcast on BBC Breakfast, Mark's voice was laden with emotion, causing him to pause multiple times to regain composure. Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt also reported the news from the BBC Breakfast studio.

People across the country have been offering their sympathies, with former footballer Michael Owen expressing on social media: "And while the country celebrate [England's victory], spare a thought for John Hunt. I can't remember feeling so utterly horrified in years. Those poor girls. Truly horrific."

Former BBC presenter Dan Walker conveyed his sorrow online, saying: "Just read through the news about John Hunt and his family. Absolutely devastating. Great commentator and even better man. What a terrible tragedy."

Naga reflected on the tragedy, saying: "It's a horrific story. Tributes are being paid to three women who have been killed in a crossbow attack in Hertfordshire."