Bobbie Battista, Former CNN Anchor, Dies at 67 after 4-Year Battle with Cervical Cancer

Former CNN news anchor, Bobbie Battista, has passed away at 67 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Bobbie Battista, who was one of the original anchors of CNN Headline News when the network launched in 1981, has died at the age of 67.

Bobbie Battista on air, reporting news, on Cable News Network set. | Photo: Getty Images

Bobbie Battista on air, reporting news, on Cable News Network set. | Photo: Getty Images

The veteran broadcaster passed away after she endured a four-year battle with cervical cancer, a family spokeswoman told CNN.

Before her death, Bobbie hosted numerous news programs on CNN, which included "TalkBack Live" – a show that was broadcasted in front of a studio audience in the CNN Center in Atlanta. The show had also included newsmakers and encouraged public participation.

Hours after the news of her death became public, People reported that the late anchor's husband, John Brimelow, released a statement.

Before she became a part of the CNN family, Bobbie had been an anchor and a producer at WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Through the statement, John informed people that his wife had remained strong until the very end.

 

John, who was married to Bobbie for twenty-five years, continued, saying his late wife was "courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful for all the others in her life even as she fought through the pain."

CNN's executive producer of political programming, David P. Gelles, also shared the news on Twitter, as he recalled the journalist's 20-year career at the network.

CNN anchor Bobbie Battista at desk on set during broadcast at Cable News Network HQ. | Photo: Getty Images

CNN anchor Bobbie Battista at desk on set during broadcast at Cable News Network HQ. | Photo: Getty Images

Heartbroken and distraught fans promptly expressed their pain at Bobbie's passing, as many mentioned that they would keep her family in their prayers.

Variety recounted that before she became a part of the CNN family, Bobbie had been an anchor and a producer at WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina.

While there, the late journalist began working her way up from different anchoring and production duties before she eventually started leading the station's evening news in 1977.

By 1981, Bobbie had become the writer and assistant producer for "Fed up with Fear" - a documentary that landed a George Foster Peabody Award.

She left CNN in 2001 after its parent owner, Time Warner, merged with AOL. May her soul rest in peace.

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