CBS journalist Maria Mercader dies from coronavirus at 54

CBS journalist Maria Mercader dies from coronavirus at 54
CBS journalist Maria Mercader dies from coronavirus at 54

Longtime CBS journalist Maria Mercader died Sunday from the coronavirus, CBS Evening News announced.

Mercader, 54, died during a ny hospital, consistent with CBS. She had been on medical leave for an unrelated matter since February.

“Even quite her talents as a journalist, we’ll miss her indomitable spirit,” CBS News president and senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky said within the network’s tweet. “Maria was a part of all of our lives.”

Mercader had fought cancer and related illnesses for quite 20 years, consistent with CBS.

Mercader started at CBS News in 1987 as a part of the CBS Page Program, and throughout her career worked on the CBS News foreign and national desks.

“Maria was a lover to all or any ,” Laurie Orlando, CBS News SVP of talent, told CBS News. “It’s nearly impossible to be someone EVERYONE loves, but Maria was. She always had a warm hug, a word of recommendation or support and an enormous smile for everybody in her life. She was a bright light and can be sorely missed.”

Journalists also tweeted in memory of their veteran colleague.

“A paragon of grit and beauty , she embodied the simplest of the @CBSNews mission,” Dan Rather tweeted about Mercader. “Millions of usa citizens learned of the planet through her efforts. Now our world is a smaller amount together with her loss. RIP.”