Atlanta Local television news anchor Amanda Davis died Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke on Tuesday.
Davis, 62, died around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after suffering a stroke at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday, WGCL-TV reported. She was on her way to San Antonio following the death of her step-father.
The station reported that Davis died at the hospital Wednesday surrounded by family. A statement on the station’s website said Davis’ “family is asking for privacy at this difficult time.”
Davis, who was a television anchor in Atlanta for more than 25 years, was the anchor for WGCL-TV’s morning news and noon show. Prior to that, she was a reporter and anchor for Atlanta’s Fox affiliate, WAGA-TV. In 2016, she spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a DUI arrest and her battle against alcoholism.
She told the Journal she wanted to stay sober so she could help others battle their addictions.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted that Davis was an “Atlanta news icon” and will be missed.
According to the Journal, her family is holding a public viewing of Davis at the Gregory B. Levett Funeral Home in Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday, Jan.2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“RIP Amanda Davis. Our dear colleague passed away minutes ago. She was surrounded by her family and friends. We loved her here at CBS46. We will miss her and honour her memory,” anchor Sharon Reed said.
“Our former co-worker and friend Amanda Davis has passed away from a massive stroke. My heart hurts. Let’s all keep her family in our thoughts tonight,” reporter Dana Fowle wrote on Facebook.
Anchor Tom Haynes said: “I’m very, very sad to report that Amanda Davis has passed away after suffering a stroke. My thoughts, prayers, deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Amanda’s daughter Melora and her entire family. I’m so fortunate to have known Amanda both personally and professionally. Rest in Peace Amanda.