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Neil Cavuto’s Tribute to Producer Who Died of Cancer: ‘You Left Us Speechless’

GoodmanCavutoAnnie Goodman, a former Fox News producer for “Your World” and “Forbes on Fox,” died this morning after a three-year battle with triple negative breast cancer. She was 33.

In a tribute on “Your World” this afternoon, anchor Neil Cavuto described her as “always funny, always blunt, always fighting, never quitting.” (Video after the jump.)

“Annie knew her odds, but she also knew she wasn’t going down without a fight,” Cavuto said. “When I asked her about how it felt to be the face of the disease, leave it to Annie to zing back: ‘I’m just sorry I couldn’t offer a pretty face.’ She was pretty wrong.”

Goodman had worked for Fox News for more than a decade in a variety of positions, most of them on Cavuto’s show. (Annie was a friend and colleague with whom I worked for three years at Fox.) She was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer at the age of 30 and underwent several years of chemotherapy and radiation as the disease spread to her ovaries, lungs, and brain. Read more

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Last of ‘Murrow’s Boys,’ Richard Hottelet, Dies

HotteletRichard C. Hottelet, the last living member of Edward R. Murrow‘s team known as “Murrow’s Boys,” has died. Hottelet, who spent 40 years at CBS News radio and TV, died this morning at home in Wilton, Ct. He was 97.

In 1957, after years of war and post-war reporting, Hottelet anchored a 15-minute daily newscast for CBS called “Richard C. Hottelet with the News.”

“Richard C. Hottelet was the ultimate CBS News reporter,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “He was one of the true gentleman reporters, a real ‘Murrow boy,’ an elegant combination of reporter and storyteller.” From the CBS News obituary:

Hottelet was the last to join the team when he presented himself to Murrow in London and was hired in January 1944 to help report the imminent Allied invasion of Europe. His first war reports for CBS were from the air; he is believed to have made the first recording for broadcast on a warplane while flying on a bombing mission over France in the spring of 1944. On D-Day, Hottelet was in a bomber again, this one attacked German defenses on Utah Beach and returned to London safely in time for him to broadcast the first eyewitness report of the Allied invasion. Read more

Mike Nichols Has Died

Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died.

Nichols, the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and father-in-law of CNN’s Rachel Nichols, passed away suddenly last night of a heart attack. He was 83. Sawyer and Nichols celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Sawyer’s mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, passed away just four weeks ago.

Nichols is one of a handful of people to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And he did it long before the acronym became popularized. He won his Oscar in 1968 for “The Graduate.” In 2012, he won his 9th Tony for “Death of a Salesman,” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead.

ABC News president James Goldston announced the news in a note to staff this morning. “The family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be held at a later date,” Goldston writes. “Until then, please join me in keeping Diane, Mike’s children, grandchildren and their families in your thoughts.” Here’s the remembrance on “Good Morning America.”


The note from Goldston after the jump…

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Diane Sawyer’s Mother Passes Away

SawyerMother1Diane Sawyer‘s mother Jean Sawyer Hayes passed away Wednesday in Louisville, KY. She was 94.

Sawyer told the Courier-Journal this morning that her mother “was a force of nature, optimistic, spunky and energetic.”

Sawyer Hayes, was a longtime elementary school teacher and, later, civic leader. “Her students by the hundreds were jolted into the possibilities of their lives,” Sawyer said.

A visitation is planned for this weekend in St. Matthews, KY with a private funeral next week.

ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to ABC News staff this morning, writing that Sawyer “is with her Kentucky family now, and her ABC family will embrace her when she returns.”

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Joan Rivers Funeral: ‘I Have Never Seen Anything Like It’

KathieLeeHodaBarbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb were among the TV newsers at yesterday’s funeral for Joan Rivers.

“I have never seen anything like it — full of love, full of laughter,” said Rose on “CBS This Morning. “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, who’s been friends with Rivers for 25 years, delivered a eulogy. On “Good Morning America” Norville told Robin Roberts, “The woman I knew was hilariously funny. An incredible practical joker. She was kind to the core and there through thick and thin.”

Said Gifford on “Today,” “I think it was the perfect combination between the profane and the sacred. Because Joan was like that. We all know the profane part of Joan, but there was a sacred part as well.”

Bruce Morton Has Died

brucemortonBruce Morton, former CBS News and CNN correspondent, died at his home in Washington, DC this morning after a battle with cancer. Morton, a Harvard graduate and U.S. Army Veteran, joined ABC News in 1962. He left for CBS News two years later where he would stay for 29 years. For most of that time, Morton was a congressional correspondent, but also anchored the “CBS Morning News” from 1974 to 1977. After leaving CBS in 1993, Morton went to work for CNN as national correspondent. He retired in 2006.

Morton is survived by his son Alec and daughter Sarah, who also worked in TV news. Sarah Morton spent 18 years at CBS News as a producer. Bruce Morton was 83.

More: CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist sent a note to staff about Morton’s passing: “Bruce was an original member of the famed ‘Boys on the Bus,’ and could share campaign trail war stories with his colleagues and our viewers like nobody else.”

More: CBS’s obituary on Morton, also after the jump…

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Joan Rivers Has Died. ‘Her Greatest Joy Was to Make People Laugh’

JoanRiversFNCComedian Joan Rivers has died. The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3pmET.

Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City a week ago today. She was rushed Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. Just yesterday, Melissa Rivers announced that her mother had been “moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable.” Melissa Rivers released this statement this afternoon:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.

Fox News and CNN have been in near non-stop coverage since 3pmET. Several New York local stations broke in with coverage.

Barbara Walters issued a statement about her friend: “No one loved life, laughter, and a good time more than Joan. We would have dinner and laugh and gossip and I always left the table smiling. She was a brassy, often outrageous, and hilarious performer who made millions laugh. In private, she was the picture of elegance and class. I will miss her.”

CNN Photojournalist Dies. Sarmad Qaseera Captured Indelible Images From Iraq War

Sarmad Qaseera, a CNN photojournalist first in Iraq and for the last 8 years in the U.S, died suddenly Monday. Qaseera was behind the camera of some of the most memorable images on CNN in the last 10 years, especially during the war in Iraq. In 2006, following death threats in his own country, Qaseera fled to the U.S. working out of Atlanta, but still traveling the globe for CNN. Last year, Qaseera and correspondent Arwa Damon received the Investigative Reporters and Editors medal for their coverage of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Qaseera was just 42. Hala Gorani has more on Qaseera’s accomplishments:

Fox News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Dies

MacMike Majchrowitz, Fox News Radio’s White House Correspondent, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 51.

Majchrowitz joined FNC Radio during its early days in 2005. Called “Mac” by colleagues, he traveled the world covering presidential trips and also anchored FNC Radio’s coverage of elections, conventions, and debates. Majchrowitz covered the 2012 presidential campaign and election while battling cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” Mitch Davis, VP of Fox News Radio, said in a statement.  ”He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz started his career in the mid 1980s as a local radio anchor and reporter, shifting over to the political beat in the 1990s as a Washington Correspondent at Conus TV and Cox Television. Majchrowitz is survived by his wife and three children. His funeral will be held on Friday September 5 at 11amET at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Virginia. Here’s a montage of Mac’s reporting on Fox News Radio.

Dr. Drew on Media Coverage of Depression: ‘Stop Thinking About It As a Sensitive Topic’

Dr-Drew-Pinsky_t580Celebrity deaths — especially the sudden kind — often produce wall-to-wall coverage on TV news, but the root causes behind these tragedies don’t always get the coverage many think is needed.

As Robin Williamssuicide has taken over TV news this week, the not often talked about issue of depression has been thrust to the forefront on many networks. And one cable news host with expertise on the subject has a message for TV news talent and journalists.

“Stop thinking about it as a sensitive topic,” Dr. Drew Pinsky told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. “Think of it like a topic like any other medical condition, like a cardiac problem, or a lung problem; it just happens to affect the brain.”

“It’s disturbing to me we talk about things like inner demons, which, for God’s sake, is sort of a language that comes out of the Middle Ages. They’re not inner demons; it’s a brain state precipitated by complicated interactions with the environment and it’s a biology that has a medical treatment.”

The coverage has surprised Dr. Drew in another way. “Michael Jackson [death] for some reason didn’t create an ongoing conversation about addiction and pharmaceutical drugs and drug abuse. Somehow, the joy Robin Williams brought us, and the love that everyone feels for him, and the body shot we’ve all taken hearing about his demise, has really given people permission to talk about depression.”

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