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Young NBC News Anchor Dies Suddenly While on Vacation

An anchor for a local affiliate of NBC News in the area reportedly passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Naples, Florida with her husband, Tom, and their two young boys.

According to a statement released by an official at Gray Television named Jennifer Dale, news anchor Lesley Swick Van Ness, who had worked at WGEM-TV, had been unwell for some time and passed away on Monday at the age of 42.

Her coworkers at WGEM-TV and Gray Television, both of which she had worked for as an executive, expressed their sorrow at her passing.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share some devastating news with you. Lesley Van Ness, who we have been so fortunate to have as part of the Gray family, passed away this (Monday) morning. Lesley had been on vacation with her beautiful family in Florida when she fell ill and was hospitalized last Thursday. Lesley and her husband Tom have two precious young boys. Please keep all of them in your prayers. We will keep everyone posted on arrangements.” The statement read.

According to the information contained in her obituary, her funeral will take place on Monday at St. John’s Anglican Church in Naples, Florida.

An official cause of death has so far not been released.

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