News Presenter Nick Sheridan Has Died Aged 32

Nick Sheridan Dead: The BBC newsreader and children's author has tragically died aged just 32.
Credit: BBC & @nicksheridanwrites/Instagram

News presenter Nick Sheridan has tragically died aged just 32.

Sheridan, originally from Wexford in Ireland, was a newsreader who presented programmes including Reporting Scotland, Drivetime, the Nine and Seven Days.

He was also a children’s author, having published stories including ‘Breaking News: How to Tell What’s Real From What’s Rubbish’, ‘The Case of the Phantom Treasure’ and ‘The Case of the Runaway Train’.

But now, it’s sadly been announced that Sheridan’s promising career has been tragically cut short.

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Sheridan had worked in broadcast news for more than a decade, having previously presented RTE News2day, an Irish show aimed at a youth audience.

He moved to RTE’s foreign affairs desk before joining BBC Scotland.

During his time there, Sheridan worked as an on-camera journalist, presenter and correspondent.

On top of this, Sheridan had a passion for children’s literature, and in 2021 he signed a four-book deal with the publishing house Simon & Schuster.

‘The Case Of…’ books were described upon release as the ‘Scooby-Doo for a new generation, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and Sam Copeland’.

Nick Sheridan
The newsreader and children’s author has sadly aged 32 years old.  Credit: @nicksheridanwrites/Instagram

Following the tragic news of Sheridan’s passing, tributes have been pouring in from his former colleagues and friends.

Head of news Gary Smith says the 32-year-old had been a ‘wonderful colleague to those of us who have worked with him since he joined BBC Scotland in 2018’.

He adds: “He was a hugely talented journalist, presenter and author – and one of those rare people who light up the lives of everyone around them. Funny, clever, kind. A lovely man.

“Our hearts go out to his parents, who have been with him over the past ten days, to his partner, Lewis, and to all the rest of his family and friends.”

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Paying tribute at First Minister’s Questions, Humza Yousaf says: “On behalf of the Scottish Government and the party I lead, I wanted to say how sad we were to learn of the loss of Nick Sheridan.

“Nick was an extremely talented journalist and he will be greatly missed.

“Many of us will have been questioned by Nick quite robustly no doubt, whether it was on BBC Drivetime or on many of the other programmes he presented.

“My thoughts are with his family, his many friends and his colleagues at what will undoubtedly be a very sad time.”

Nick Sheridan
Tributes have poured in for Nick Sheridan. Credit: @nicksheridanwrites/Instagram

Former First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon calls Sheridan ‘young, talented, vivacious, and full of potential’.

“What a horrible, senseless loss. My thoughts are with his family, colleagues and many friends,” she writes on X, formerly Twitter.

Sheridan’s BBC Scotland colleague Fiona Stalker adds: “There are no words. He was so very loved. I am so thankful for every minute with him. The very best.”

Sheridan reportedly died following a ‘short illness’. His official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Rest in peace.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.