The shocking news from Jamaica is that Ian has died. Ian was the only COG minister who had the integrity to talk across the aisle with those he disagreed with and also had the wherewithal to acknowledge that Armstrongism was fatally flawed and needed to be reinvented it is to survive. He knew firsthand how Thiel, Flurry, Pack, Malm and others were ripping members lives apart with their legalism and outright lies.
I had several discussions with Ian over the last couple of years and we were both surprised at the things we agreed upon. Many times he said he was almost getting to the point of being borderline agnostic at times. Eh was widely read in his interests in books which included books on atheism, evolution, cults and other issues.
RJRNews had this to say:
Ian Boyne is dead
Veteran Journalist Ian Boyne is dead.
Mr. Boyne died this morning at the University Hospital of West Indies in St. Andrew.
Mr. Boyne was hospitalised earlier this month and was released shortly after.
He was host of Profile and Religious Hardtalk, aired on our sister station Television Jamaica (TVJ), as well as a columnist for the Sunday Gleaner.
In his early years, Ian Boyne worked with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), then known as the Agency for Public Information (API) in the seventies.
He also worked for various public sector agencies, serving the Government of Jamaica in the area of public information.
He returned to the JIS at the turn of the century and at the time of his death was the agency's Deputy Executive Director. There, he hosted the agency's interview programme, Issues and Answers.
Ian Boyne was perhaps best known as host of Television Jamaica's long running interview show, Profile, which started in the early 80s on the predecessor station, JBC TV, and for his weekly column in the Sunday Gleaner.
His interview with eight time Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt is one of his most memorable on Profile.
A decade and a half ago, he was asked to host Religious Hardtalk, a new programme on RJR94 FM.
Shock And Grief ... Social Media Reactions To Ian Boyne's Passing
There has been an outpouring of shock and grief on social media following the passing of veteran journalist Ian Boyne.Boyne passed away in hospital this morning after a brief illness.
He had only recently suffered a series of heart attacks and was at home recovering but had to be readmitted on the weekend.
Here are some of the comments posted on Twitter:
@AndrewHolnessJM: It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the death of veteran journalist and a true friend Ian Boyne. This is a shock to me. I will make a statement soon.
@karendmadden: Even Jamaica's dancehall referenced Ian Boyne. Man crossed every walk of life.
Cordel Green: "He held a neutral space in a polarised environment. He leaves a legacy which will serve as a solid guidance and foundation of reliable quality and substance."
@VicMelhadoDaley: A phenomenal journalist and legend has passed but has left a great legacy behind; may his soul RIP. #Condolences to his family.
@kryticalmind: Waking up to such disheartening news about Mr. Boyne. He fed families with inspiration through the profiles of Jamaican and Black Excellence. Immeasurable impact on the psyche and aspirations of many, including my own. A life well spent and well lived, Ian.
@yaneekpage: I can’t even process the magnitude of this loss for Jamaica. Devastated. Rest well Ian Boyne More here: Jamaica Gleaner