At the end of ABC’s “World News” last night, the show remembered David Aponte, an audio engineer for ABC News. Aponte, 59, died Thursday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Aponte had been part of a leukemia research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, where he died. He was among five patients to undergo promising cell therapy last Summer which genetically altered his immune cells to fight the cancer. Aponte’s case was so rare, in fact, that he was in complete remission after just 8 days. The New York Times reported on the study in March.
But the cancer returned and he lost his fight Thursday. Aponte is survived by his wife, Cindy, his three children and his parents. As his obituary states, “David was a friend to all and will be sadly missed, especially by his extended family at ABC News.”