News Anchor Todd Tongen Dies at 56
Todd Tongen, best known as the weekend news anchor at Miami TV station WPLG, was found dead in his home by police. He was 56 years old.
The reporter’s wife, who was out of town, was unable to reach him, so she asked a friend to check on him. Soon after that, police were called to the scene and found him dead. So far, the cause of death is unknown.
Thank you @toddtongen for sharing your amazing talent, your gift with so many. Your kindness, advice, and words of encouragement have meant more to me than you know. We miss you so much Todd. You were a real one. A legend. GOAT. We love you pic.twitter.com/2zU607SW3Y— Alex Finnie (@alexfinnieWPLG) June 3, 2019
Tongen, who worked at the same news station for almost three decades, had many popular segments, but the most remarkable one was “10 Taxi,” in which he would interview his guests in a 1967 Checker taxi.
We are shattered and heartbroken. Todd was so much more than a colleague. He was our friend. He was our brother & integral member of the @WPLGLocal10 news family. This has left a huge hole in our hearts. Please send love & prayers to his family. https://t.co/IXOzI2Gl3T— Louis Aguirre (@LOUISAGUIRRE) June 3, 2019
Among the most known celebrities who joined him in the ride, there were Joan Rivers and Vin Diesel. Apart from that, he trained with the Miami Dolphins and even flew with the Air Force Thunderbirds for other segments.
His career as a broadcaster started in 1983. Unlike many TV personalities, he began as a radio disc jockey on a western station in his native Minnesota.
Tongen is survived by his wife, Karen, and his two sons, Tyler and Ryker.