The staff of the Executive Information Service are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of their friend and colleague John Harrison.
Speaking about John, the Director of the Executive’s Information Service Stephen Grimason said: "John was at the pinnacle of his profession, acclaimed locally, nationally and internationally. The ultimate professional, his engaging style won him the admiration of Presidents and Prime Ministers. He has been at all the key moments and events of our recent past. His work over the past 30 years is a photographic record of the social, economic and political life of Northern Ireland.
"Above all John was a friend, he was a friend to everyone and he will be a great loss to us and of course to his family. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Mandy and his children Peter, Thomas and Catherine, as we mourn the passing of a wonderful human being."