RENOWNED news anchor Bruce Johnson has died aged 71 – years after it was revealed he was reportedly battling cancer.
The former WUSA9 reporter died on Sunday, his wife revealed.
Johnson joined WTOP-TV at 25 and is best known for the show “Off Script” with Bruce Johnson.
He revealed he was battling cancer just two years before retiring. WTOPF reported.
The star was only active on social media on March 31, when he shared a photo of his autobiographies.
Tributes were paid to Johnson when news of his death broke.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said: “Bruce Johnson was a giant of DC journalism, a father, grandfather, husband and proud author.
“Like many Washingtonians, he’s been a part of my life since I was a child, breaking the news and giving a voice to DC residents. I am devastated. rest in heaven.”
Reporters have also paid their own tribute to the journalist.
7News journalist John Gonzalez said: “So devastated to hear of the death of Bruce Johnson, a true DC TV legend
“I’m blessed to call him a fellow journalist and someone I really looked up to. Rest in peace and God bless you my friend. My heart breaks for his wife Lori and his family.”
Former WUSA9 journalist Debra Alfarone wrote, “He was my mentor, my co-host, my biggest cheerleader, my ear to bend over, my dating coach (when I was single) and my friend.
“Rest in power, Bruce Johnson. There will never be anyone like you again.”
WUSA9 tweeted that her heart “aches” following Johnson’s death.
His cause of death was not disclosed.
The TV star is survived by his wife Lori, children Brandon, Kurshanna and Carolyn, and three grandchildren.
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