RIP: John Slattery

JohnSlatteryPicSome terrible news. Just hours after filing a story for last night’s WCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcasts, the station’s veteran news reporter John Slattery passed away. From Larry McShane’s New York Daily News item:

General assignment reporter Slattery worked Wednesday, covering a Bronx attack on a 72-year-old Good Samaritan who stepped in to protect a mugging victim.

Slattery was among the city’s longest-serving television reporters, joining WABC-TV in 1979 and participating in the Emmy-winning coverage of the December 1980 assassination of ex-Beatle John Lennon.

Read the statement from WCBS president/GM Peter Dunn and the rest of McShane’s report here. RIP.

Update (12:15 p.m.):
WCBS has paid tribute to Slattery, confirming that he died from a heart attack. From the station note:

He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories…

He was plainspoken.

He was unflappable.

Update (September 30):
Slattery was laid to rest today in Larchmont, New York.
[Image courtesy: WCBS]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.