Fox News’ Alan Komissaroff dies at 47

Fox News reports that Alan Komissaroff has died at the age of 47. 

Komissaroff was Fox News’ Senior Vice President of News & Politics.

What happened?

On Friday, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and FOX News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace sent out a statement to employees announcing that Komissaroff had passed away as the result of a heart attack.

“We have devastating news to share with you about Senior Vice President of News & Politics, Alan Komissaroff,” the statement reads.

“Tragically, Alan passed away today after suffering a heart attack at his home nearly two weeks ago,” Scott and Wallace write. “He was just 47 years old.”

More information has been provided about the circumstances of Komissaroff’s passing in a GoFundMe page that was set up for his family. The page, in part, reads:

On Sunday, January 8th, Alan was exercising at home, when he came upstairs and told Rachael he wasn’t feeling well. She called 911, and his heart stopped while paramedics were taking him to the hospital. He slipped into a coma, and never regained consciousness.

The GoFundMe page had raised nearly $150,000 at the time of this writing, and, according to the page, all of the proceeds will go toward the future of Komissaroff’s children.

“Completely heartbroken”

Scott and Wallace, in their memo, write that “this is an extremely difficult day for all of us who worked closely with Alan, and we are completely heartbroken.”

The pair go on to explain all that Komissaroff meant to Fox News.

They write:

Alan was a leader and mentor throughout FOX News Media who was integral to our daily news operations and played an indispensable role in every election cycle. The recent midterm election coverage was easily one of the finest nights of special coverage he produced throughout his career.

Scott and Wallace refer to Komissaroff as the “ultimate producer,” writing, “there was no steadier or more trusted colleague to be with in the control room during the most consequential events of our time and his incisiveness and passion for news made our work better.”

Background

Komissaroff had been Fox News since the outlet began in 1996. At the time, he had just graduated from college.

He would proceed to work his way up the ranks of Fox. He went from a writer to a producer to a showrunner before finally becoming the Senior Vice President of News & Politics, which is a position that oversees all of Fox’s political coverage.

Komissaroff is survived by his wife, Rachel, and two teenage children, Ben, 17, and Olivia, 13.