Magenta Devine Dead: Network 7 TV Presenter Dies, Aged 61

The TV host is best-known for presenting youth programmes in the late 80s and 90s.
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TV presenter Magenta Devine has died at the age of 61, her family have stated.

Magenta, real name Kim Taylor, was best-known for fronting Channel 4′s Network 7 in the late 80s and appearing in BBC Two’s Rough Guides to the World.

Magenta (seen here in 2004) was known for never removing her sunglasses
Magenta (seen here in 2004) was known for never removing her sunglasses
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The BBC reports that her death came after a short period of illness, for which she was receiving treatment at a London hospital.

In the wake of her death, Magenta’s family have paid tribute, calling her “a talented writer and stylish on-screen presence who was greatly admired by her many friends and colleagues for her creativity and wit.”

Fans soon began sharing their tributes to Magenta, and praising her impact, online:

Before turning her hand to TV, Magenta worked for Tony Brainsbury, a publicist for rock bands including Queen.

Her first television job was a spot hosting BBC Wales’ pop music show Juice and after spotting her on there, producer Janet Street Porter booked her for Network 7.

Magenta is survived by her father, two sisters and one brother.

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