RT World reported emergency services were called but declared her dead at the scene.
Police were now investigating the death.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said the ministry was aware of the death of a New Zealander in Istanbul and was providing consular assistance to the family.Zaoui book One of her colleagues in New Zealand, independent journalist Selwyn Manning, recalls her early work in a collaborative book, I Almost Forgot About The Moon – about the disinformation campaign against refugee Algerian theologian Ahmed Zaoui. “Her research and writing of various chapters in the book were so exact and thorough,” Manning said. “Her passion for human rights shone through and led her, I believe, to pursue a career reporting in North Africa and the Middle East. “Early on, when I was editor of Scoop, I assigned her to report in the Solomons when unrest became evident after some arson attacks in Honiara. “We flew her and Jason Dorday up there to cover events. She immediately was in her element.” Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie described Ryan as one of the most professional New Zealand journalists he had encountered working as a foreign correspondent. He paid tribute to her Arab Spring reportage from Tunisia for Al Jazeera. “Her reporting broke the mould and alerted the world to the forces of would-be change heralded by the Arab Spring, even if the early hopes dwindled in the end.”