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Local NBC anchor Jim Vance dies

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Jim Vance. (Photo, Muriel Bowser)

NBC announced Saturday that long-time NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance has died at the age of 75.

Vance had been at NBC Washington and in the D.C. community for more than 40 years.

"Jim Vance was not just a newscaster but a voice and leader of this city - a legend who will be missed greatly," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted out Saturday after NBC announced his death.

Vance announced in May that he was getting treatment for cancer.

NBC4 president Jackie Bradford released the following statement on Vance:

"We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning.

"For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void.

"Vance always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man.

"To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you.

"Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever."

Vance was recently announced as one of the new additions to the iconic Ben's Chili Bowl mural in D.C.

Vance went viral in 2007 after laughing with his co-anchor while reading a story about Paris Fashion Week. The video has been watched over 18 million times.

"He was one of the genuine people on television, sincere and could speak to anybody," said former ABC7 anchor Maureen Bunyan.

"He met people, he talked to people, he was open to people and they responded to him in kind.”

“He understood what was happening in the street. He understood the difficulties and the challenges of being an African American man in the United States,” Bunyan said.

Various high profile figures paid tribute to Vance on social media.


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