47-year-old Fox News senior VP of news and politics dies

Fox News senior vice president of news and politics Alan Komissaroff passed away at the age of 47 years old on Friday after having a heart attack earlier in January, according to Fox News.

The outlet reported that Komissaroff had worked at the company since 1996.

A GoFundMe campaign to benefit Komissaroff’s family indicates that the man’s health emergency unfolded on January 8 — he had been working out but then informed his wife that he was not 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.”

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Komissaroff has two children, ages 17 and 13, and the GoFundMe campaign indicates that Komissaroff deeply wanted them to have the opportunity to attend college. “All proceeds will go directly toward his children’s future,” the campaign says. So far, the campaign has raised more than $91,000.

“This is an extremely difficult day for all of us who worked closely with Alan, and we are completely heartbroken,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace noted in a memo to colleagues, according to the outlet.

“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. And he was the ultimate producer: breaking news, politics, special events — 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,” they wrote.”

“He would joke that he was a guy from ‘real Brooklyn’ and rose through the ranks to become a writer, producer, showrunner and eventually Senior Vice President of News & Politics, overseeing all political coverage,” Scott and Wallace noted. “His sharp sense of humor and quick wit throughout his incredible career also led to the many lifelong friendships he made here.”

“Our deepest condolences are with them and Alan’s entire extended family as we collectively mourn the loss of a wonderful man,” the two wrote.

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