RENOWNED news anchor Kent Dana has died after battling an infection following a broken hip.
The Phoenix journalist, 80, passed away on April 19, his son and News12 reporter Joe revealed.
Dana broke his hip in January and contracted an infection as he suffered complications following previous hip surgery.
He spent several weeks in hospital before his condition deteriorated, the Arizona Republic reported.
Dana worked for the outlets KSAZ, KPNX, and Channel 5 before retiring in 2011.
Joe told The Arizona Republic: “I think he always felt like local TV news was a very unique way to connect the community, to bring people together.”
Dozens of tributes have been paid to the news anchor.
Kate Gallego, the mayor of Phoenix, said: “Generations of Phoenicians have been touched by local broadcast legend Kent Dana.
“Our hearts are with the Dana family. We cherish the fond memories over the years, and celebrate his legacy.”
12 News anchor Mark Curtis said: “Our hearts are broken tonight with the news that longtime 12news anchor Kent Dana has passed away. Sending love and strength to his family.”
Lauren Peikoff, who is the executive producer of the MSNBC show 11th Hour, tweeted: “So sad to hear this.”
Emmy-winning journalist Catherine Anaya said she was at a “loss for words” following Dana’s death.
Arizona reporter Jen Fifield said she’s “heartbroken” to learn of Dana’s passing.
Dana leaves behind his wife, six kids, and 13 grandchildren.
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