‘Devastated’ Waleed leads TV tributes
AUSTRALIA'S television industry is in mourning following the sudden death of a young TV producer who was set to "dominate the industry".
The Project host Waleed Aly led the flow of tributes during Tuesday night's episode, announcing the death of "a friend and colleague", Carla Bellomarino, aged just 29.
Aly said he was "devastated" to announce Ms Bellomarino had passed away in the early hours of Saturday after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
"She was only 29 years old. She worked at The Project with us in several departments over several years - she was a massive part of our team," said Aly as photos of Ms Bellomarino flashed on screen.
"She was full of life, she was a go-getter, she was going to dominate the television industry, there's no doubt about that. But more importantly, she was hilarious, she was extraordinarily kind, she was always happy, she smiled easily. It was a genuine pleasure to be around her at every moment. So everyone here at The Project sends their condolences to her parents Vita and Frank and her twin sister Lucy. We want her family to know that we will definitely remember her."
As will many others - The Block judge Shaynna Blaze shared her own memories of Ms Bellomarino when The Project's tribute was posted online.
"Thank you so much for your beautiful words about Carla. I worked with her many years at 9 and she as you said was lively, fun and just incredible at what she did. Will be so sadly missed," she wrote.
Others in the TV industry also paid tribute to Ms Bellomarino:
One of the greats. Just hearing her name always made me smile. Carla Bellomarino. ♥️ https://t.co/ErD25KHBB7— Vaya (@VayaPashos) September 17, 2019
Working with Carla at Tonightly every day & becoming friends with her was a privilege. An absolute boss ass bitch who was going to run the place. We are all beyond devastated, my heart goes out to her family. https://t.co/JULhQvz6DI— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) September 17, 2019
So shocked to have lost my mate Carla at only 29. She was a go-getter who took every opportunity and was on her way to the top. It was not a wasted life. I’ll miss her very much. https://t.co/vfNcSG6Yjl— Hunter Smith (@MrHunterSmith) September 17, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Carla when I was at The Project. She was whip smart and a lot of fun, just as this very fitting tribute says. Love and good vibes to her family, friends and colleagues https://t.co/6vhlDi6o5u— Callum Denness (@CalBD) September 17, 2019
This is just terribly sad news.— Toby Halligan (@Toby_Halligan) September 17, 2019
I worked with Carla at the Project and she was just the kind of person everyone was happy to work with.
Smart, funny, incredibly warm and really, really generous.
Sending my love to her family too xo https://t.co/Opla2hho9i
Ms Bellomarino had worked as a field producer on the ABC series Tonightly with Tom Ballard, as a guest producer at The Project and more recently as a writer's assistant at TV production house Grace: A Storytelling Company.