AMs pay tribute to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan had paid tribute to her late husband - the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

Mr Morgan died suddenly last Wednesday aged 77.

First Minister Carwyn Jones opened tributes in the Senedd to his predecessor. Mr Jones recalled how he'd been appointed to the Welsh cabinet by a man he regarded as a father figure.

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Rhodri Morgan's funeral to be held on May 31

Rhodri Morgan died suddenly last Wednesday

The funeral of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan will take place next Wednesday at the Senedd, the Assembly has confirmed.

It will be conducted by former AM Lorraine Barrett, who is now a humanist celebrant, at 11am.

The public are invited to attend, with a full order of service announced in the coming days.

A book of condolence will remain open at the Senedd.

'He had a wonderful life' - Julie Morgan pays tribute to Rhodri Morgan

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan had paid tribute to her late husband - the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

Mr Morgan died suddenly last Wednesday aged 77.

Assembly Members shared their memories of him in the Senedd on Tuesday afternoon.

"Losing Rhodri is a terrible personal blow to me and the family" said Julie Morgan.

"It is an aching loss, and I know I haven't realised yet the full enormity".

"But it is very comforting to listen to what everybody has said, and the tributes from everybody here and from all over Wales have been a huge comfort".

"He had a wonderful life, and he enjoyed every minute".

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'What I am now, I owe to him' - Carwyn Jones leads tributes to Rhodri Morgan

Rhodri Morgan congratulates Carwyn Jones on succeeding him as Welsh Labour leader in 2009 Credit: PA

First Minister Carwyn Jones has opened tributes in the Senedd to his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan, who died last week. Mr Jones recalled how he'd been appointed to the Welsh cabinet by a man he regarded as a father figure.

What I am now, I owe to him. He was a hugely intelligent man, with a fine mind but he could get on with anybody.

We've lost one of our nation's giants. He may be gone but his name is written into our nation's history.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

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Rhodri Morgan 'died while cycling' near Cardiff

ITV Wales understands that Rhodri Morgan collapsed and died while cycling in the lanes near his home.

South Wales Police say officers were called to an incident involving the former First Minister in the Wenvoe area shortly after 5pm on Wednesday evening.

Officers and paramedics went to the scene after reports that a man had been taken ill, but say Mr Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends have told ITV Wales "he died doing what he loved".

The coroner has been informed.

Carwyn Jones pays tribute to "extraordinarily clever" Rhodri Morgan

First Minister Carwyn Jones has paid tribute to his predecessor Rhodri Morgan, who has died aged 77.

"Rhodri was such a larger than life figure. For many of us he was a father figure in politics, ten months younger than my own father."

"He was an extraordinarily clever man, but loved his sport. Loved to talk to people. He knew so much about so many things".

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