Denise D’Ascenzo, the award-winning WFSB-TV information anchor died immediately in her Connecticut dwelling late on Saturday, the tv station introduced. She was 61.
“It was sudden and unexpected,” the station’s assertion stated. “The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable. We are devastated for her husband and daughter, who were her whole life.”
She got here to WFSB-TV in 1986 and “through the years has been a steady and reassuring presence on the anchor desk, covering all the major local and national news stories of the day,” the statement added.
Tributes got here from all through the state on Saturday, as phrase of her loss of life unfold via the area people. Many have been shocked.
“I am stunned, I am dumbfounded, and I have no adequate words right now to say how much I thought of Denise,” colleague Gerry Brooks said on Facebook. “I will say this: she is everything you thought she was. And she took good care of herself. Which reminds me how random the lottery of life is. As my mother used to say, ‘It goes by so fast.’ Rest easy, Denise. You will be badly and sadly missed.”
Dennis Home was her co-anchor at WFSB for 25 years. He appeared teary-eyed whereas saying the information of her loss of life.
“She was a sister I by no means had,” he stated. “I used to be her brother that she by no means had. She was my TV spouse and we have been greatest associates and I’ll miss her dearly.”
Gov. Ned Lamont additionally tweeted a tribute of D’Ascenzo — who was the longest-serving information anchor at a single tv station within the state — calling her “a Connecticut information legend.”
“The information of @DeniseDAscenzo’s passing is extremely saddening,” he wrote. “She was a trusted identify in journalism, and her work most actually made an influence. My deepest condolences go to her household, associates, and colleagues at @WFSB. She is undoubtedly a CT information legend.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote that she “epitomized competence, class and integrity.”
“For greater than 30 years, she guided Connecticut via tragedy and triumph,” he stated. “We are going to miss her enormous coronary heart, her boundless generosity and her tireless grace. Connecticut has misplaced a tv legend, invaluable voice, and an expensive pal.”
All through her devoted journalism profession, D’Ascenzo received 11 Emmys, together with one for Greatest Anchor, two Edward R. Murrow awards, seven Related Press awards, and a nationwide Gabriel Award. She was the primary girl to be inducted within the Connecticut Broadcasters Affiliation Corridor of Fame, in keeping with WFSB.