The family of Brian Walsh has released a statement about his shock death this week.

The comments from his sisters Maureen Walsh, Jeanette Walsh and Bernadette Walsh, as well as Bernadette’s husband Wayne Cooper and Brian’s nieces and nephews come amidst an outpouring of love and heartbreak from the television and wider media industry.

In a statement issued via Foxtel, the family said they are deeply saddened and shocked at his loss.

“There are no words to say just how heartbroken we are,” they said.

“He had an extraordinary life and accomplished so much. His contributions were celebrated and widely acknowledged. We will always remember him by his love of family, his generosity and the value he put on a life not wasted but full and well lived.

“His greatest gift was bringing joy to people including through the industry he was so passionate about and all those he collaborated with over so many years. We were so proud of him and we know Mum and Dad would have been too.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Brian. Details of how we will celebrate his life will follow but for now we remember our darling Brian and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Walsh’s storied career included time in radio, publicity and television, and he’s credited with spearheading the global success of “Neighbours” as well as effectively creating subscription television as we know it in Australia today, including Foxtel and streaming.

Over the past two decades, he’s been overseeing scripted and unscripted commissions for the Foxtel Group, including the likes of “Wentworth”, “Upright”, “Love Me”, “Colin from Accounts” and “The Twelve”.

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