Fox News anchor and reporter Matt Napolitano dead at 33

 December 28, 2023

Viewers of Fox News were saddened this week after learning that one of the network's anchors had passed away.

According to NBC News, the husband of anchor and reporter Matt Napolitano announced that he had died on Saturday following a brief illness.

Napolitano remembered as "an honest journalist"

With a heavy heart I have to share that my husband [Matt Napolitano] passed away yesterday morning," Ricky Whitcomb wrote in a post on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Whitcomb went on to recall how Napolitano "loved his job and he loved bringing the news to your radios and televisions."

"An honest journalist who truly cared about facts," Whitcomb continued before adding, "You can thank him for the last minute Jets win today."

Reporter got his start at Fox News in 2015

NBC News noted how in a subsequent post Whitcomb explained that Napolitano "had an autoimmune disease that he was diagnosed with almost 20 years ago and died as the result of an infection."

The network recalled how got his start with Fox News in 2015 by working as a writer for its Sirius XM satellite radio channel, Fox News Headlines 24/7.

He went on to become a sports reporter and began working to expand Fox News' audio content following a brief hiatus in 2022.

For her part, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott offered words of praise for Napolitano in a statement following his untimely demise.

New York City Mayor: Napolitano had "a big future"

"Matt did everything from anchoring to writing and producing for our audio platforms and loved being able to work in the journalism field that he trained for his entire life," she declared.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams posted a tribute to Napolitano on X, saying that he "had a big future ahead of him."

"His enthusiasm, intelligence and sense of humor—which we all saw first hand at the annual [Inner Circle Show] dinner—made him a great reporter," Adams continued. 

"Thirty-three is far too young. My thoughts are with his family, loved ones and colleagues tonight," the mayor remarked as he drew to a close.

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