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Popular BBC journalist, male lover found dead


A popular BBC journalist, John Stevenson, has died at the age of 68 at his home in Aberdare, South Wales, in March.

He was found dead inside his room alongside his partner with no sign of injuries.

Stevenson who rebuilt his career after alcoholism left him homeless broadcasted many stories from Westminster. One of the works include the response to the 9/11 attacks, died

Stevenson and his partner were found after police who were alerted by nurses forced their way into his house.

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A post-mortem examination by Dr Stephen Leadbeatter at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff led to the provisional cause of death being given as ‘unascertained’.

Speaking about the journalist, the Head of news and current Affairs at BBC Wales Garmon Rhys said: ‘He was an articulate commentator who had a sharp mind and his conversational manner made his reports memorable.

‘As we remember John today, we remember an extremely likeable character who was a joy to work with.’

Mr Stevenson’s family has consented to his body being used for medical research purposes.

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The coroner adjourned the inquest until January, 2022. The inquest into his partner’s death was not opened at the same time and he was not named.

Former Plaid Cymru leader, Lord Dafydd Wigley paid tribute to Mr Stevenson, telling North Wales Live: ‘I knew John from his days at Arfon Council and of course later on as a broadcaster as well.

‘I came to know him more during that time as he was often covering the Commons. We became quite friendly during that time.

‘I respected him very much, he was a consummate professional and you knew if you told him something in confidence he would respect that, and as such you were able to give him the context of a story as opposed to the bare details.’

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