The media, sports and NGO community in Samoa is mourning the sudden passing of senior broadcaster and radio host, Aotearoa Pesamino Myers, remembered for her positive energy that was “always the shining light in the lives of everyone you touched.”
Police have not ruled out foul play as they continue investigations into the untimely death of the TV3 General Manager and co-host to Radio Polynesia’s popular morning drive-time show.
Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti said the Faleata Police Post was alerted on Monday morning when Ms Myers’ body was discovered by work colleagues in her Ululoloa home on Monday morning. Papalii says the exact date and time of death is not yet known and an autopsy is likely to be requested.
Tributes are flooding in on social media from various organisations Aotearoa “Roa” Myers had been involved with since moving to Samoa from the United States in 2015.
The Radio Polynesia/TV3 family of broadcasters and radio hosts have posted tributes to a co-host whose vibrant personality brought fun and laughter to the shows.
Fellow broadcaster Seiuli Tuisamau Victor Elisara spoke about her journey to learn and eventually master the Samoan language since her arrival. He says Roa insisted he call her “My Uso” on the Samoan talk shows.
Ms Myer was an active member of the Vaiala Ulalei Rugby Club and always found time to help fundraise for club activities and support the development of young rugby players.
One senior member of the club posts that they shared a lot of laughs at the club AGM on the Saturday night before her death.
Ms Myers was also passionate about paddling and members of the Nafanua Paddling Club have paid tribute to her love for the sport and remembers Ms Myers as their “storm breaker” on the water.
“Aotearoa shared laughter, big big smiles and an open heart for everyone she met.”
Close friends who spoke to Samoa Global News say they were in contact with Ms Myers on Saturday night.
Out of respect to Ms Myers family and close friends, Samoa Police ask the public to be patient as the Criminal Investigations Unit continues its work.