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Retired BBC reporter dies at home
BBC correspondent Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson was a correspondent in the 1980s and 1990s
Tributes are being paid to a retired BBC correspondent who has died at his home in north London.

Bob Simpson was one of the BBC's most senior reporters during the 1980s and 1990s and retired about 10 years ago.

Audiences will perhaps remember him best for his work in Baghdad during the first Gulf War, the BBC said.

BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson, called his former colleague "the quiet, sardonic hero of the British coverage of the first Gulf War".

Speaking from Jerusalem where he is covering the latest war in the Middle East, Mr Simpson added: "He stayed behind when almost everybody else left and he made the best jokes."

He said his former colleague in Baghdad "had most wonderful nicknames for all our Iraqi minders".

He added that after the first US bombs fell in the Gulf, Bob Simpson showed him a Telex he had received from his father back home in the UK.

"It said: 'Congratulations on being bombed by the Americans, it happened to me three times in the Second World War'. Bob absolutely loved that - he never stopped quoting it."

Bob Simpson was married to ITN correspondent, Juliet Bremner, who also previously worked for BBC News.

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