The broadcaster and journalist Alan Whicker has sadly passed away aged 87 from bronchial pneumonia, The BBC reports. Whicker, whose career spanned almost six glorious decades, died early on Friday morning (July, 12).

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He was best known for his long-running documentary series, Whicker's World – a show that ran on both The BBC and ITV (a rarity) and aired from 1959 to 1988. It saw Whicker interviews all sorts of colourful characters, giving the viewers at home an invaluable insight into other cultures at a time when travel wasn’t as readily available as it is now. He can be attributed with widening the horizons the of many that fell within his demographic.

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