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John Palmer: NBC Reporter Dies At 77

Mon, August 5, 2013 10:59am EDT by eleanorehl 2 Comments
John Palmer Dead
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John, an ace reporter for NBC News who broke the story of the failed 1980 attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran, died on August 3 at a Washington hospital. So sad.

John Palmer, a longtime reporter for NBC, died after a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis on August 3. His wife Nancy was by his side. Read on for all the sad details.

John Palmer Dies At 77

John’s career spanned four decades and several countries. He worked for NBC from 1962 to 1990, and then again from 1994 until 2002.

“John was a brilliant, brave, and tireless journalist who guided viewers through many of the most significant events of the past half-century — from the early days of the civil rights movement through the tragedy of 9/11,” NBC News said in a touching statement.

“He covered five presidents and traveled to every corner of the world, always showing the empathy and compassion that helped set him apart. His kindness is remembered by all of us, and it built lasting bonds throughout our news division.”

In April 1980, John made history when he broke the news of the Carter administration’s failed attempt to rescue the American hostages being held in Iran.

Speaking about his life, he said: “I was enriched as a kid from the East Tennessee mountains, to be able to go fishing with Jimmy Carter, to go to the movies with Ronald Reagan, and to play golf with Bill Clinton.”

John leaves behind his wife and three adult daughters. John’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you sad to hear of John’s death?

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