Brian Hanrahan, 61, the BBC's former diplomatic editor, died of cancer Monday, the British network reported. He was diagnosed with cancer this year and was admitted to a hospital with an infection 10 days ago, the BBC said.

Mr. Hanrahan joined the broadcaster in 1970 and reported from places ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow, to the Falkland Islands.

One of his Falklands reports during the 1982 war contained the line, "I'm not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back." It became famous for the way it avoided military restrictions on reporting losses of British aircraft.

"Brian was a journalist of unimpeachable integrity and outstanding judgment, but his personal kindness and humanity also came through," BBC director-general Mark Thompson said in a statement. "Audiences and everyone who knew him here will miss him very much."

Mr. Hanrahan reported on Deng Xiaoping's reforms in China in the 1980s and was in Beijing in 1989 at the time of the Tiananmen Square protests. He also covered the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash last April.

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