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Lisa Colagrossi Dies: WABC-TV Anchor Suffers Brain Aneurysm on the Job

By    |   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 08:27 AM

Lisa Colagrossi, a reporter and anchor at WABC-TV in New York, died last week after suffering a catastrophic brain aneurysm while out on assignment. She was 49.

According to the New York Daily News, Colagrossi was returning from reporting at the scene of a four-alarm fire in Woodhaven, Queens, Thursday when she suffered the aneurysm.

"She was in the news van after finishing her live shot when she said 'Oh my God, something is wrong,'" a friend told the Daily News.

A co-worker told the newspaper that her cameraman flagged down an ambulance to transport her to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center's neurological intensive care unit, where she was placed on life support.

Colagrossi never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Friday, leaving coworkers stunned.

"Lisa Colagrossi embodied the Eyewitness News spirit — a straightforward reporter who told the truth, empathetic to the everyday citizens of the New York area, and demanding of those in power," Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, said in a statement released on Friday.

Colagrossi joined the station the Sunday after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and has been one of the station's lead breaking news story reporters since then.

"In a town that's pretty tough to crack, this native Clevelander out-hustled other New York reporters from the very beginning, by becoming the only reporter to get to Belle Harbor, Queens, when Flight 587 crashed after takeoff from JFK Airport," the WABC-TV statement read.

"She always had the viewer in mind; whether it was rain, snow, whatever the elements, she was out there."

Colagrossi was born and raised in Strongsville, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and worked at her hometown television station, WKYC, and WKMG-TV in Orlando before landing the job at WABC-TV.

"At WKYC, Colagrossi was teamed up with Jim Hooley when the weekend morning news first launched," the television station said in a statement. "She was also a weekend anchor with Cory Thompson on the evening shift . . . Our thoughts are with her husband Todd, her two children, and her extended family during this most difficult time."

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