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Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista dies at 67

The former news anchor died after a four year battle with cervical cancer.
Credit: AP
FILE - This Nov. 1, 2001 file photo shows host Bobbie Battista preparing for the airing of the show "TalkBack Live" in Atlanta. Battista, who was among the original anchors for CNN Headline News and hosted CNN’s “TalkBack Live,” died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, family spokeswoman Wendy Guarisco told CNN. She was 67. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

ATLANTA — Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista passed away on Tuesday morning after a four year battle with cervical cancer, according to CNN.

A family spokesperson announced that Battista died in Davenport, Iowa.

“Bobbie was the consummate trooper in her struggle with cancer, she was courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful for all the others in her life even as she fought through the pain,” Battista’s husband, John Brimelow, told CNN in a statement Tuesday. “My dear partner of 25 years of marriage has cut her earthly bonds and is now in peace.”

Battista worked for CNN for 20 years. She was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors when the network launched in 1981. CNN said she anchored several news programs on CNN including "TalkBack Live."

Battista worked for the cable news company from 1981 to 2001 career. She anchored coverage of major events including the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and the Gulf War. She began her TV news career as a local anchor and producer for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bobbie Battista was 67.  

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