Robert Wani Palme

Journalist Robert Palme dies at 53

Palme, 53, of Kerepia in the Tambul Nebilyer District of Western Highlands, complained of chest pains on Thursday morning and had his children rush him to the hospital.

His condition deteriorated rapidly at the hospital despite attempts by medical staff to stabilize him and shortly after noon, he was taken off life support.

Friend and colleague, Frank Senge Kolma, said: “Palme’s death is a big loss to his family and his people and to those handful of us from the highlands region who earlier entered the unchartered waters of journalism.

“He leaves a vacuum.