Fox News Channel lost one of its own recently. Given the outpouring of support and high praise from a number of those who were friends with and worked with the deceased, it’s painfully clear that it was a heavy loss.
According to People magazine, Eric Spinato, Fox News’ senior head booker and senior story editor, died as a result of complications from COVID-19. He was 52.
According to People, Eric worked at Fox News in various capacities for the better part of two decades. Though he took a brief break to work for CNN and MSNBC for a three-year stretch, Spinato rejoined Fox News in 2007 to help the company launch what would soon become the ultra-successful Fox Business Network.
“They took the wrong person”
Spinato’s unfortunate passing was confirmed by his brother, Dean, who posted a touching tribute on Instagram.
“I love you bro,” he wrote. “You were my rock. COVID took my brother today. He was a gem and one of a kind. I’m so broken and lost for words. This man was an amazing father, brother and friend.”
The Fox editor’s brother went on: “I’m sorry to say this but this day broke me hard. I will make you proud for the rest of my life. RIP Bro.”
“One of a kind”
Following Spinato’s passing, Fox News’ higher-ups sent a memorandum to its employees highlighting Spinato’s virtues and recounting his importance and contributions to the network’s massive success over the past two decades.
“Eric was an immensely gifted and aggressive booker and was renowned for booking the innumerable ‘gets’ we’ve seen on both [the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network] over the years,” the statement read, according to People.
“He was also always willing to lend a hand to help a colleague, mentor union staffers or troubleshoot an issue — countless bookers throughout the industry learned the ropes and the tools of the trade from Eric at one point or another in their careers,” the statement continued.
“His excitement, positivity, and energetic team spirit were one of a kind and will be greatly missed,” it added.
Fox Business recently published a story detailing accounts of those who encountered Spinato over the years, sharing their experiences and praise for the seasoned producer. Among those who remembered Spinato was Eric Trump, the son of former President Donald Trump, who said: “He is a person who is incredibly special to our family, he was beyond another employee at Fox and truly became a friend to me personally.”
Spinato is survived by his mother and his two teenage sons.