The world’s first-ever female TV anchor, Gun Hägglund, died after a short period of illness.

The family announced this on Tuesday. Hägglund started her career in 1955 on Swedish radio. In 1958 she first appeared on television in Aktuellt, the Swedish national broadcaster’s news and current affairs program that still exists today. Hägglund thus became the first woman in the world to present the news on a TV screen.

Gun Hägglund loved cycling and spent more than thirty years as chairman and later as a journalist with Sweden’s largest two-wheeler association. She was 79 years old and is left by her husband and two children. | © 2011 Marcel Burger for ANP News Agency (original 23 August 2011, previously unpublished)