News presenter Greg Boyed's wife speaks out publicly for the first time since his death

Publish Date
Thursday, 3 January 2019, 12:53PM

The widow of Kiwi broadcaster Greg Boyed has spoken out for the first time since his death.

Swiss pop singer Caroline Chevin posted an emotional video message on her Facebook account as she welcomed the new year while paying tribute to her husband, who died suddenly last August.

Standing outside in the video, Chevin breaks into song: "Baby come fly with me - from way up, high we can see. The world is full of wonders and the biggest one is you."

"So come on in, fly with me, my baby."

The mother-of-one can then be seen getting emotional as she starts to talk about the past few months.

"I just wanted to say thank you to everyone out there for the huge support you've given to us."

"People who didn't even know Greg, don't know us. For all the cards, for the lovely words, for your thoughts, for your help."

"Family and friends - you are just amazing. We have been so blessed with you out there."

"It's time for me to say thank you. We couldn't have done it without you - so thank you so much."

"But what you just heard is one of my new songs that I've written for my - or our - little boy."

"And it's become a song for Greg as well and for you out there. So come and fly with us and all the best and happy new year."

She ends the video by blowing a kiss to the camera and sending out "much love and aroha".

Boyed, who was a respected journalist for TVNZ and Newstalk ZB, died suddenly, on August 20, while on holiday in Switzerland with his wife of four years and their 3-year-old son.

His family said later that the 48-year-old had battled depression over the years.

Boyed married Chevin in 2014 in her native country, in a surprise wedding. Their son was born the following year.


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