‘Peter Is Forever In Our Hearts’
Peter R. de Vries, the Dutch investigative journalist, died following the attack on him. He was gunned down in Amsterdam on July 6 after leaving the “RTL Boulevard” studios. De Vries was a regular guest on the RTL Nederland magazine show, where he reported on his research into organized crime in the Netherlands.
The Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries is dead. The reporter died in hospital from injuries sustained in the attack on him. De Vries was 64 years old. As reported , he was gunned down in the street in Amsterdam on July 6 after leaving the studios of RTL Nederland’s TV show “RTL Boulevard.” Peter R. de Vries was a regular guest on the Fremantle-produced news program, where he reported on his research into organized crime in the country. “Peter fought until the end, but sadly could not win the battle. He died surrounded by the people who love him,” reads a statement from his family that was shared. It emphasizes that Peter R. de Vries lived by his own convictions, and that his family is both immensely proud of him and inconsolable.
“This is an indescribably great loss,” write RTL Nederland and Fremantle in a joint statement. “Our thoughts are primarily with Peter’s family, his partner and all his loved ones, and to all who have been touched by his courage, humanity and determined struggle for justice. Peter’s influence remains stronger than any act of hate. He was far from finished and we will miss him dearly. We will continue to speak freely about wrongs and injustices in society, as he has done all his life. Peter is forever in our hearts.”
RTL 4 devoted its entire programming to the journalist, without a single commercial break. The broadcast of RTL Boulevard was dedicated to his life and his work, followed by a special edition. This was followed by an “In Memoriam”, and the late-night talk show “Humberto” also focused on de Vries.