Veteran Bay Area journalist Lorne Morrison dies at 71

Veteran Bay Area videojournalist Lorne Morrison died Saturday at age 71, KGO reported, and law enforcement agencies and other journalists have been sharing their condolences and memories of him since news broke about his death.

Morrison, who died after a long illness, worked for KGO for 38 years and covered San Francisco’s City Hall, the Hall of Justice and SF Police Department headquarters.

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Eric Thomas, his colleague at KGO, posted a dedication to Morrison on Twitter on Saturday night. “ABC-7 News lost a smart, caring, talented videojournalist today, and I lost a close friend,” Thomas wrote.

“Lorne Morrison helped break me in when I got to ABC-7 25 years ago. He had a great eye, a prodigious intellect and a caring heart. He passed away today and we will miss him very much.”

Although Morrison was usually behind the camera, Officer Carlos Manfredi with the SFPD shared video of Morrison, camera on his shoulder, at work in 2016. “You will be sadly missed and always remembered my friend,” Manfredi wrote on Twitter.

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The San Francisco Fire Department posted to Twitter that that they were mourning Morrison.

“The San Francisco Fire Department stands with many others tonight as we mourn the loss of one of the best media professionals in the business,” the department posted. “Lorne Morrison touched so many lives with his kindness. May Lorne Morrison Rest In Peace, you will be missed.”

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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