Sky News cameraman Mick Deane killed in Cairo clashes

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed in Cairo. Credit: Sky News

A British cameraman was killed in Cairo today while covering clashes between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and Egyptian security forces.

Sky News' Mick Deane, 61, who was married with two sons, was shot dead this morning.

Tributes have been paid to the cameraman, with the Prime Minister saying he was "saddened" by the death.

Tom Rayner, the producer who worked with Mr Deane in Egypt, tweeted "we lost the heart of our team."

Mr Deane, who was with Sky News' Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot, had worked for the broadcaster for 15 years including stints in Washington and Jerusalem.

Sky said the rest of the team covering the outbreak of violence in Cairo with him were unhurt.

Head of Sky News John Ryley described Mr Deane as "the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky."

He previously worked in the Hong Kong bureau with ITV Presenter Mark Austin in the mid-1990s.

ITN's chief executive John Hardie also paid tribute to Mr Deane, saying his death was "a very sad moment for all of us working in television news."

Speaking on Sky News, its Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said he was "a gentleman".

He added: "Micky Deane was a great cameraman, but he was - which is far more important - a great human being."