The widow of TVNZ broadcaster Greg Boyed has publicly spoken out for the first time since his death.
A statement released by his family at the time said he had been battling depression.
In the wake of his death Swiss soul singer Caroline Chevin, has now shared a heartfelt message to her public Facebook page thanking the nation for what she describes as being ‘tremendous support’ given to herself and the family.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone out there for the huge support given to us, from people who didn’t even know Greg or us,” she says.
“Thank you for all the cards, for the lovely words, for your thoughts, for your help.
“Especially our family and friends, we have been so blessed with you all out there.
“It’s time for me to say thank you, we couldn‘t have done it without you so thank you.”
Caroline opens the video with an original song she says is now a tribute to Greg.
“I wasn’t sure if I could keep going with my music but what you just heard is one of my new songs that I’ve just written for our little boy and it’s become a new song for Greg as well.”
Prior to his death Boyed had worked as a newsreader and reporter for TVNZ for 25 years.
In 1991, he worked as the chief reporter and newsreader at a radio station in Tauranga. He worked for IRN for four years - his first as the news and sport reporter and reader in Wellington, and the rest as sports sub and reader in Auckland.
The news of his death shook many of Boyed's TVNZ family and fans throughout New Zealand earlier this year.