Matt Napolitano, a respected host for the Fox News Audio Network, has died. He was 33.
His death was confirmed by a family member on Dec. 24. He reportedly died of “an infection.”
People magazine reported that Napolitano was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease two decades ago and “died as the result of an infection.”
Ricky Whitcomb paid tribute to Napolitano in a post on social media, noting that he was “an honest journalist who truly cared about facts.”
Whitcomb quipped, “You can thank him for the last-minute Jets win today” and then closed his post by noting, “He loved his job and he loved bringing the news to your radios and televisions.”
According to Deadline, Napolitano initially joined Fox News Radio as a sports anchor. Over the years he worked for Fox’s SiriusXM channel and Fox News Headlines 24/7, covering notable events such as the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500 and the World Series.
Napolitano’s wit and wisdom led to guest appearances on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business Network and the game show “Jeopardy.”
Napolitano will be remembered for being a two-time Associated Press journalism award winner for Best Overall Newscast and the 2012 winner for “Newsline.”
USA Today reported that Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott lauded Napolitano for his skill and dedication, writing in a memo: “Matt did everything from anchoring to writing and producing for our audio platforms and loved being able to work in the journalism field that he trained for his entire life.”
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