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Sue Lloyd-Roberts, BBC journalist, dies

media captionSue Lloyd-Roberts went to extraordinary lengths to get stories, as Caroline Hawley reports

Tributes have been paid to the "pioneering" BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who died on Tuesday aged 64.

Ms Lloyd-Roberts, who had acute myeloid leukaemia, died following complications from a stem cell transplant.

She ran a public appeal to find a donor and kept a video blog on her illness in which she said in August that she had been confined to bed with pneumonia.

Among those paying tribute to her was Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who praised her "great courage".

Ms Lloyd-Roberts died on Tuesday evening at University College Hospital in London.

'Remarkable woman'

Ms Lloyd-Roberts, who had also worked for ITN, reported on events in Syria, Burma and North Korea among many others, and campaigned for human rights.

media captionSue Lloyd-Roberts speaks about finding a donor in a video diary for the Victoria Derbyshire programme in July 2015

BBC director general Tony Hall called her a "pioneer video journalist" and praised her "extraordinary" determination and courage.

"She went to dangerous places to give a voice to people who otherwise would not be heard," he said.

"She was quite simply a remarkable woman who got remarkable stories. She will be deeply missed."

Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Myanmar, also known as Burma, said: "Sue Lloyd-Roberts showed great courage and commitment in reporting from Burma during some of our darkest days, and exemplified my belief that the best journalists are also the nicest."

Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Sue Lloyd-Roberts was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford.

She worked as a journalist for ITN before joining the BBC, reporting on issues including human rights abuses around the world.

In 2011, she was the first journalist into Homs - the so-called "capital of the Syrian revolution".

Also during her career, she was sentenced in her absence in China to seven years in prison for her reporting, and was one of the first journalists to talk about female genital mutilation.

She was appointed MBE and CBE for her humanitarian journalism.

She also received the European Women of Achievement Award and won an Emmy for her reporting from North Korea.

Ms Lloyd-Roberts was married to BBC producer Nick Guthrie and the couple had been living in Spain, where they ran a rural hotel.

She wrote a number of articles for the BBC Magazine. Here are a few of them:

media captionTony Hall: "She astounded me every time she would come back and tell me where she had been and how she had got in there"

Earlier this year she said she had "always joked that the part of my brain that recognises fear doesn't exist".

Describing being shot at in Bosnia, she told the Daily Mail such situations make people "scream or pray".

"But I picked up my camera," she said.

"Concentrating on filming displaces you from what's going on. There is nothing better at dispelling fear than having something constructive to do."

She called her illness "unnerving", adding: "When I was working, the decision to go into a dangerous situation was a conscious one. Now it's different. My life is at risk and it's not of my choosing."

image captionSue Lloyd-Roberts reported from numerous countries, including Nepal

Many paid tribute to the journalist, including these tweets from Channel 4's political correspondent Michael Crick and BBC newsreader Huw Edwards.

Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, described her as a "brilliant and indefatigable journalist", while the BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet said she was a "brave journalist, kind colleague and wonderful person".

Sky News presenter Kay Burley paid tribute to "a magnificent woman and journalist", while BBC news anchor Jane Hill described her as "a role model for female journalists".

Labour's Harriet Harman also paid tribute to the journalist on Twitter.

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The BBC hosted an open day in June to encourage potential stem cell, or bone marrow, donors to come forward after Ms Lloyd-Roberts missed out on a transplant in May when a previous candidate failed a medical.

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