Former CNN host Bobbie Battista died Tuesday, aged 67, after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, a spokesperson for her family confirmed.
Her husband John Brimelow described her as the ‘consummate trooper’ who was ‘thoughtful for all the others in her life’.
Battista was one of the original CNN headline anchors when the network launched in 1981.
She died in Davenport, Iowa.
‘Bobbie was the consummate trooper in her struggle with cancer, she was courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful for all the others in her life even as she fought through the pain,’ Battista’s husband John Brimelow said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘My dear partner of 25 years of marriage has cut her earthly bonds and is now in peace.’
The news was first reported by executive producer of CNN Political David Gelles who mentioned her long history with the network.
‘Battista was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors when the network launched in 1981,’ he wrote Twitter.
‘She anchored several news programs on CNN including ‘TalkBack Live.’
‘Talkback’ was the first news program to be filmed before a live audience and to feature public participation alongside newsmakers.
Born in New Jersey, Battista studied in Northwestern University before beginning her journalistic career.
Before joining CNN in 1981, she worked as an anchor and producer at Action News 5 for WRAL-TV, Raleigh, North Carolina.
She began her TV journalism career with WRAL-TV in 1976.
In 2001, she spoke about her distinguished career so far and highlighted some of the hardest and some of the best moments she had experienced.
‘Whether the Challenger explosion, the assassination attack on Reagan, the Gulf War, certainly this terrorist attack. Those were memorable from the anchor desk,’ Battista said.
‘As far as TalkBack, we’ve had some serious shows, and some fun shows. If I had to pick, I’d say I liked Free for All Fridays the best.’