Denise D’Ascenzo, the award-winning WFSB-TV information anchor died instantly in her Connecticut dwelling late on Saturday, the tv station introduced. She was 61.
“It was sudden and unexpected,” the station’s assertion mentioned. “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 dying unfold by means of the local people. Many had 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 dying.
“She was a sister I by no means had,” he mentioned. “I used to be her brother that she by no means had. She was my TV spouse and we had been finest buddies 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 title in journalism, and her work most definitely made an impression. My deepest condolences go to her household, buddies, 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 by means of tragedy and triumph,” he mentioned. “We’ll miss her enormous coronary heart, her boundless generosity and her tireless grace. Connecticut has misplaced a tv legend, invaluable voice, and an expensive buddy.”
All through her devoted journalism profession, D’Ascenzo received 11 Emmys, together with one for Finest Anchor, two Edward R. Murrow awards, seven Related Press awards, and a nationwide Gabriel Award. She was the primary lady to be inducted within the Connecticut Broadcasters Affiliation Corridor of Fame, in response to WFSB.