Lisa Colagrossi was the consummate professional, according to her own New York City television station WABC. After Colagrossi passed away suddenly last Thursday, Lisa’s co-workers expressed love and admiration for their friend and colleague in a tribute video published by the station.
“She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News. She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty, a working woman, a hockey mom, she was gutsy and fearless.”
“We here at Eyewitness News are still in shock and we’re trying to cope with the loss of someone we loved and valued.”
“It’s what New Yorkers came to know from Lisa Colagrossi, authentic, steady, reassuring reporting.”
“She was the ultimate pro who could go from tackling crimes to financial news; Lisa could find humor even at the expense of herself.”
Colagrossi suffered a brain aneurysm on the morning of March 19, immediately following her coverage of a story for WABC’s Eyewitness News. News crew members called an ambulance as she slipped into a coma; Lisa Colagrossi later passed away at the Intensive Care Unit at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, without regaining consciousness.
Since Lisa Colagrossi’s death, fans, admirers, and the New York media world have taken to social media in an outpouring of grief for the popular anchorwoman. Search results for “Lisa Colagrossi” on Twitter read like a funeral home’s condolences page, as mourners post tributes and remembrances in honor of the important place Colagrossi held in their hearts and daily lives.
The New York News Stations’ twitter account @NYNewsObserver asked twitter users to use the #ThankAReporter hashtag in honour of Lisa Colagrossi.
— NYNewsObserver (@NYNewsObserver) March 22, 2015
Others have created their own video tributes, with admirers like YouTube channel stevieboy247 compiling some favourite photos and video clips of Colagrossi, and posting to YouTube complete with Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” as accompaniment.
The Rest In Peace YouTube channel, dedicated to memorials for those who have passed and carrying the tagline “We are all meant to be remembered,” lit a candle of remembrance for Lisa with the short video A Simple Tribute. The channel invited viewers to “pay your tribute” in the comments section.
“She could walk you through any story, even the hardest ones,” wrote Eyewitness staff in their tribute to Lisa.
Her colleagues and admirers need Lisa Colagrossi now, to walk them through one of the hardest stoies any of them have had to tell.
[Image courtesy of WABC-TV]