On the 30th of September Hanna Yusuf’s family released a statement which announced the passing of the BBC journalist. Hanna’s passing was sudden and the news has seen many put out messages of condolence, sadness and shock.
Hanna has been praised for being one of the “brightest minds” in journalism and for breaking barriers with her work. Her family described her as a “vibrant professional who became a bridge between the media and the community”. Hanna’s journalism included reporting on poor working conditions in Costa, the right to wear a hijab and homelessness and the rise in rough sleeping.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un we pray that her legacy continues.
Hanna Yusuf‘s family released below statement following the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved sister @HannaAYusuf.
A tribute to our beloved sister Hanna, an exceptional young talent, gone too early. May Allah (SWT) forgive & grant her the highest ranks of jannah. Ameen pic.twitter.com/ZqqG64eh5V
— Abdirachid Fidow (@Iamfidow) September 30, 2019
Terribly sad news that @HannaAYusuf has died aged just 27. A role- model and rising star, producing such groundbreaking and vital work it’s a devastating loss. My thoughts to her family and friends. https://t.co/kHPcLDFlaK
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) October 1, 2019
There are no words right now to describe the pain of losing a best friend. Your beautiful smile, laugh and spirit. Your big heart. A rising star who will never be forgotten. You will always be loved and with us. #workwifeforlife 💛💛💛💛 https://t.co/LBs6DiiTjR pic.twitter.com/qn7RiAdYMN
— Rianna Croxford (@The_Crox) September 30, 2019
So very sad. Thank you for always being so kind. There weren’t many people who looked like us in our teams at the time and we bonded over this. You told me to believe in myself and my ideas. We have lost a ray of sunshine https://t.co/Wb1bNbhVGV
— kesewaa🌻 (@kesbrowne) October 1, 2019
I'm deeply saddened by the news of #HannaYusuf death. Her stories and passion were incredible! She was inspiration to aspiring BME journalists and was an inspiration to me as an aspiring journalist. I'm still in shock. Rest in peace #HannaYusuf @BBCNews pic.twitter.com/egP57pUkPs
— anisahvasta (@anisahvasta) October 1, 2019
Hanna Yusuf. The light of my life. I can’t believe I’m writing this. The world has lost the most fabulous & talented person they could ever know. Rest in perfect peace my angel. I will always love you, and I’ll miss you so so much. Good night my dear, & see you one day up there x pic.twitter.com/fxJ5mfZ8VR
— dear, sam (@meandlucasxo) September 30, 2019
Many who campaigned for this change are heartbroken rn because, while all this was going on, we lost a member of our community of black journalists. Hanna Yusuf was so young & talented, w much promise & life ahead. My thoughts are with her family & friends https://t.co/phO2hi6qQG pic.twitter.com/lJgMaVIqLg
— Afua Hirsch (@afuahirsch) September 30, 2019
This weekend I lost a good friend (and colleague), Hanna Yusuf. I am at a loss. I wrote this because its the best way I could think of to honour her memory and spirit.
Good night Hanna, I hope you rest in peace. First record of album club is for you ❤️https://t.co/e1rlZQdplL
— Alex Taylor (@Tayloredword) September 30, 2019
Death is the only certainty but it’s nevertheless shocking n takes time to sink in. إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ. My condolences to all the family n friends of Hanna Yusuf. May she Rest In Peace.
— Zahra (@ZahraNomadic) September 30, 2019
Just heard the terrible news about Hanna Yusuf. We never met in person but she would always send me very kind texts in times of difficulty, and her generosity towards someone she didn’t know was a real testament to her character.
All love to her family, friends and colleagues.
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) September 30, 2019
Death of Hanna Yusuf is devastating. A talented journalist that covered some of the most sensitive and important issues of the day, and was always polite in any encounter. Thoughts with her friends, family and colleagues. ❤️ https://t.co/7xp7WG3EtR
— Pav Dhande (@PavDhande) September 30, 2019