News colleagues shocked by suicide
Dragun’s body was found by police at The Gap in Sydney.
“It’s completely unexpected. No one had any idea how sad she must have been,” said TEN newsreader Deborah Knight.
Co-presenter Tim Webster, who presents the Perth bulletin produced in Sydney said, “She was going great, we thought. It is indescribably sad.”
According to livenews.com.au friends have confirmed Dragun suffered long-term depression and had recently changed medication. She is known to have sent a text message to a friend warning of what she was about to do. “The friend called the police, who were already on their way to the Gap,” said a colleague.
Police were on their way to the site but arrived too late.
Deborah Knight added that Dragun was always concerned for the welfare of others. “That’s why people are now wondering if we should have taken more interest in what was going on in her life. There is a deep sadness from the newsroom about that.”
Jim Carroll, Ten’s head of news, told staff about Dragun’s death shortly after her body was found at 4pm, saying it was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do”.