Publicist Chris Chamberlin, who joined ABC’s Sydney unit in 2014, has died whilst holidaying in India, aged 39.
Details surrounding his death have not been released.
Chamberlin rose fast within ABC ranks, where he was largely responsible for news programmes including 7:30, Foreign Correspondent, Q&A and News Breakfast.
Most recently he was Acting Communications Manager in the Sydney office where he was to oversee all ABC shows for the past few months.
After a busy period he was enjoying a 6 week extended holiday, “out of reach and getting my ‘OM’ on in India.”
— Chris Chamberlin (@popculturechris) June 23, 2017
Prior to his role at ABC, Chamberlin was a film publicist.
ABC’s director of audiences, Leisa Bacon, said in an email to staff Chamberlin was a “star” who excelled at his job.
“Chris was highly regarded and respected by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him,” she said. “Chris has made many friends through his work at the ABC and I know I speak on behalf of everyone by saying Chris will be greatly missed. Personally, I will miss his witty takes on pop culture and politics, which could always brighten your day.”
I had many occasions to deal with Chris, and he was always professional, amusing and prompt to respond to my weird and wonderful questions. Just a delight to work with. Today’s news is a sad shock to colleagues, given his young age.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money to cover funeral expenses.
I'm so very sad to learn of the death of my colleague @popculturechris – just a delightful person to be around. Condolences to his nearest.
— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) June 26, 2017
Devastated to hear about @popculturechris. He was clever, funny, vibrant, generous, and so much more. Thoughts w all those who loved him.
— Jeremy Fernandez (@JezNews) June 26, 2017
Our little Kitchen Cabinet crew is shattered by the untimely passing of our cheery publicist @popculturechris. He was lovely.
— Annabel Crabb (@annabelcrabb) June 26, 2017
Chris Chamberlain was a pleasure to work with. Always happy. A wonderful person. RIP @popculturechris.
— Brenden Wood (@BrendenWood) June 26, 2017
— Sydney Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) June 26, 2017
Shocked & saddened by the death of our dear colleague @popculturechris who was great fun & never without a smile. Condolences to his family
— Emma Alberici (@albericie) June 26, 2017
— Gaven Morris (@gavmorris) June 26, 2017
Shocked to hear the passing of @popculturechris in India. One of the most fun, genuine people in Australian TV & film
— Marc Fennell (@MarcFennell) June 26, 2017
for those who didn’t know @popculturechris before his time with ABC, he worked passionately in support of arthouse & indie films for years
— palace films (@palacefilms) June 26, 2017
Shocked to learn of the passing of @popculturechris. He was a gorgeous, beautiful, uplifting man. I will always cherish our memories.
— Luke Buckmaster (@lukebuckmaster) June 26, 2017
— Jason Di Rosso (@jdrrr) June 26, 2017
Source: The Age.