Lisa Colagrossi, a veteran reporter for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm while out on assignment. She was 49.
Colagrossi collapsed on Thursday after finishing a live report at the scene of a Queens, New York, house fire, according to a WABC-TV statement obtained by the New York Daily News. She had been in a news van en route to the station at the time.
She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and admitted to the ICU, the Daily News reported. Colagrossi did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead on Friday.
Colagrossi had worked for WABC-TV since 2001. Previously, she’d been an anchor at WKMG-TV in Orlando, where she won two local Emmy awards.
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WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News paid tribute to Colagrossi on their website Saturday, calling the reporter an “ultimate pro” who was “smart, tough, and compassionate.”
“Thursday seemed like just another morning, with Lisa Colagrossi doing what she did so well, reporting live from the scene,” the tribute reads. “She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News. She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty, a working woman, a hockey mom, she was gutsy and fearless.”
Colagrossi is survived by her husband, Todd, and her two sons, ages 11 and 14.