Longtime KTLA Channel 5 anchorman Hal Fishman died early this morning, less than a week after he was diagnosed with colon cancer, according to KTLA.
Fishman, who been a news anchor for 45 years, died at 3 a.m. at home with his family. He was hospitalized last week with a serious infection after he collapsed at his home. While being treated, doctors discovered the infection was cancer and it had already spread to his liver.
Called the "Flying Anchorman," Fishman was a veteran pilot and held a dozen world aviation records for speed and altitude, KTLA said.
"He is an institution and an icon and the shoes ... will never be filled," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, a longtime friend and one-time student of the former college professor.
Our condolences go out to the family, I'm going to miss Hal's commentaries when I watch the news now, and he was always so passionate about everything he spoke of.