Perth news anchor Yvette Mooney dies of cancer at age 58

The beloved star battled cancer for 16 years before dying on Saturday evening surrounded by family.

Beloved news anchor Yvette Mooney has lost her battle with cancer at age 58.

Mooney was on TV screens in Perth for two decades and began her career with Seven News in 1984.

She started out as a reporter before climbing to the news desk, before eventually hosting the current affairs show Today Tonight.

The “beautiful” news host went to Perth at Five with Basil Zempilas, but she left the industry after being diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

Mooney battled cancer for 16 years before dying Saturday night surrounded by family, The West reported.

“Our hearts are broken, but our precious angel Vetti is at peace after a long battle with cancer,” her family said.

“Her grace and courage were an inspiration. Yvette’s beautiful heart, kindness, wisdom, that beautiful smile has enriched our lives.”

The family also asked for privacy as they grieve.

Channel Susannah Carr and Rick Ardon said she was “the complete package”.

“She was a very good journalist and a beautiful girl, inside and out,” Carr said.

“Beautiful to look at, beautiful voice but really beautiful nature and wonderful to be around.”

Mooney leaves behind her husband Phil and son Andre.

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