“A 27-year-old Emmy-winning ABC News producer died Friday night after suffering from health issues for months, the network announced,” reports People.
No cause of death was released.
The story continues, “Alexa Valiente worked with the network for six years, serving on shows including ‘Nightline,’ ‘20/20’ and ‘Popcorn with Peter Travers,’ ABC News said in a statement. The circumstances surrounding Valiente’s death are unclear, but the network said her passing came as a surprise to those in the newsroom who knew her well.”
Valiente won an Emmy, People notes, last year for her work on a’20/20’ segment titled ‘Las Vegas: Heartbreak and Heroes,’ “about the deadly mass shooting in 2017 that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.”
In the ABC News account of her death James Goldston, president of ABC News, said, “Always a friendly face in the halls, she had an upbeat spirit, a curious and brilliant mind and a real passion to see the world.”
The ABC News story adds this from Peter Travers: “That she is gone at 27 is just cosmically wrong. On a mission to visit a new city every month, #jetsetalexa came at life with a humanity that made room for all of us who were lucky enough to fly in her orbit. Alexa’s flying somewhere else now, but she’s always in our hearts and always @twentysomethingchic.”
“Her colleagues at ABC News set up a GoFundMe for Valiente’s family, so far raising more than $8,000 — surpassing their $1,000 goal,” notes the ABC story. “The page describes Valiente as a ‘smart and tenacious journalist’ who lived life to the fullest and brought joy to the newsroom constantly.”
Here’s a video tribute to Valiente posted by ABC News: