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WHO Statement on Mr Glenn Thomas, WHO Media Officer who died in the MH17 plane

WHO statement
18 July 2014

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that WHO lost one of our colleagues on the Malaysian Airlines crash yesterday. Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Australia. His twin sister says he died doing what he loved.

Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade. He came here from the BBC and spent many years providing communications support to the TB Department. Since 2012 he had been working on the media team in the Department of Communications, regularly hosting press conferences and working with journalists to promote the work of WHO. Glenn will be remembered for his ready laugh and his passion for public health.

He will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know him and work with him. He leaves behind his partner Claudio and his twin sister, Tracey.

Our deepest condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.

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