Katherine Creag, a television news reporter for NBC New York, died suddenly Wednesday night. He was 47 years old.
Creag’s death was a shock to his colleagues and loved ones. WNBC reports that Creag had not been ill prior to her death and had worked earlier that day.
His cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Creag had been at the station for 10 years and was a familiar face in the morning to many viewers from his work on Today in New York.
“Instantly recognizable by his distinctive voice and heartfelt laugh, Creag was the first face many New Yorkers woke up to every day,” NBC New York reporter’s saying in a statement addressing the news.
Amy Morris, Vice President of News at WNBC, supposedly sent an email to the staff who reflect on the death of Creag and pay tribute to his life and memory.
“For ten years, Kat was one of our cornerstones, always ready to help in any situation, whether it was a colleague in need or a shift that needed to be filled,” the message read. “She was thoughtful, funny and relentless. And even on the harshest days she was a bright, quick light with a kind word and a smile.”
Creag is survived by her husband of 14 years, Bill Gafner, and their three young children: a son and two daughters.