Fox News Radio's Matt Napolitano dead at 33

 December 27, 2023

The Fox News family mourned the loss of one of its own this week. 

According to the New York Post, Fox News Radio host Matt Napolitano died at age 33. His passing was confirmed by his husband, Ricky Whitcomb, in a social media post.

The report noted that he passed away after a brief illness, though no further details were available.

Napolitano reportedly got to live out two of his dreams, including appearances on  "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

Touching tribute

Napolitano's husband posted a picture tribute and announced his passing.

"With a heavy heart I have to share that my husband @MattNapolitano passed away yesterday morning. He loved his job and he loved bringing the news to your radios and televisions. An honest journalist who truly cared about facts. You can thank him for the last minute Jets win today," Whitcomb wrote on X.

Napolitano was originally hired by Fox News in 2015, where he began by writing for its 24/7 SiriusXM "Fox News Headlines" channel.

Fox News noted:

Matt began his FOX career in 2015 as a writer for the dedicated SiriusXM news channel, "FOX News Headlines 24/7." There, he quickly demonstrated his strong writing, producing and on-air skills. He later became a sports reporter for the service and further excelled in that position.

Matt returned to FOX News Audio as an update anchor and reporter following a brief departure. He wrote, produced and anchored on all FOX Audio platforms.

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott paid tribute to Napolitano in a statement.

"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," Scott wrote.

Others pay tribute

Several of Napolitano's colleagues posted tributes upon learning the news of his passing, including Guy Benson.

"I’m stunned and so very sad to learn of the death of our @foxnewsradio colleague, @MattNapolitano. He was a great guy & appeared on the show numerous times, typically talking sports. 33 years old. My gosh. My prayers go to his family. Gutwrenching. I can’t believe it. RIP," Benson wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Awful to die so very young. Prayers for his family and friends."


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