The message reads, in part:
“Igor Kirillov was an outstanding professional and an acclaimed patriarch of Russian television. He was a creative and dedicated person who selflessly served his calling and was a wonderful example to others and a centre of attraction for his younger colleagues.
His family, friends, viewers and everybody who knew this talented, open, generous and very kind man will always cherish the beautiful memory of Igor Kirillov.”
The prominent Soviet and Russian television and radio host, National Artist of the USSR Igor Kirillov died at the age of 89.