First Minister the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness have expressed their condolences at the death of former News Letter editor Austin Hunter.
The First Minister Arlene Foster said: "It is with deep shock and sadness that I learned of the death of Austin Hunter.
"As a highly respected journalist for many years, Austin's professionalism and exemplary journalistic skills put him at the forefront of his profession.
"Austin was a man of deep integrity and objectivity who was respected by all who knew him or came in contact with him.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean, son Simon, daughter Rachael and his wider family and friends at this sad time."
The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said: " I was very sad to hear about the death of Austin Hunter.
"Austin was a man with a wide range of communication and interpersonal skills and made a considerable contribution to the media and public relations industry here for over 40 years.
"This loss will be felt most by his family and many friends and I will remember them all in my thoughts and prayers at this time."
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