TV host breaks down on air when she learns one of Sydney hostage deaths was someone she knew

Australian television personality Natalie Barr broke down and cried during a live broadcast reporting on the Sydney hostage crisis when she told viewers she had a personal connection to one of the hostages who was killed.

Barr was overcome with emotion on Channel 7’s Sunrise news program when she revealed the name of Dawson, a 38-year-old mother of three who was killed during the 16-hour siege at the Lindt Chocolat Café.

Screenshot of Katrina Dawson

The siege in which an armed gunman took several hostages in a cafe in Sydney’s financial district ended violently Monday when as the gunman and two hostages were killed.

According to some reports, Dawson was fatally wounded as she attempted to shield a pregnant friend from gunfire.

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