She worked as a journalist and newsreader, and also presented the Holiday programme and Crimewatch. She was engaged to Alan Farthing for the last few months of her life. She was shot on her doorstep in Fulham, west London. She was taken to Charing Cross Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. Barry George was convicted of her murder in 2001 but was freed in 2008 when his retrial found him not guilty.