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Longtime CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies from Coronavirus at 54

Added 03-29-20 02:34:02pm EST - “CBS News talent executive and producer Maria Mercader passed away today from the coronavirus at 54 years old.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Longtime CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies from Coronavirus at 54”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CBS News talent executive and producer Maria Mercader passed away today from the coronavirus at 54 years old.

The network announced the tragic news in a statement Sunday commending her as “an inspiration and a symbol of hope each time she returned to work after the latest medical setback threatened to end her life.” Mercader had fought cancer and related illnesses for many years.

“Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit,” CBS News president Susan Zirinsky said in a statement. “Maria was part of all of our lives.”

Devastating to hear the tragic news of the passing of ​@CBSNews’ Maria Mercader to the #coronavirus. She was such a trailblazing journalist & news executive.She was so inspiring & kind.“Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit,”@szirinsky pic.twitter.com/yNhsI7tsnE

A hard hit to the heart, news longtime colleague and friend Maria Mercader died from coronavirus. A paragon of grit and grace, she embodied the best of the @CBSNews mission. Millions of Americans learned of the world through her efforts. Now our world is less with her loss. RIP

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