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Peter Jennings has passed away at the age of 67. In April, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and has been scarce from the airwaves since.

In an announcing Jennings’ death to his ABC colleagues, News President David Westin wrote:

“For four decades, Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him.

“As you all know, Peter learned only this spring that the health problem he’d been struggling with was lung cancer. With Kayce, he moved straight into an aggressive chemotherapy treatment. He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones. In the end, he was not.

“We will have many opportunities in the coming hours and days to remember Peter for all that he meant to us all. It cannot be overstated or captured in words alone. But for the moment, the finest tribute we can give is to continue to do the work he loved so much and inspired us to do.”

UPDATE: TVNewser has a great tribute going.

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3 Responses to “Breaking News”

  1. Erika Says:

    CHUUUUUUUCK!!!!!! You FAAAAAAAAAILED!! No post for Monday the 8th!! This is terrible!! Is everything ok??

  2. The Mother of All Jurries Says:

    Charles – as sad as the death of Peter Jennings is, don’t you get a litle tired of the deifying of the man? For crying out loud, when did he go from reading the news to being the news???

  3. eChuckler Says:

    Erika – I was busy, ‘kay?
    Mumsy – Yeah, the deifying I could do without. Though as far as “being the news”, he was the face of ABC News for over 20 years. People associated him with news. So… When the face of news dies, it’s news. It’s weird, in it’s own way.

    Plus, it’s all the news organizations reporting on this, and he was a friend and colleauge to a-many of them. So they want to remember him on their own programs.

    News is a funny business.

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