Legendary broadcaster and Washington D.C. icon Jim Vance passed away this morning. Vance was 75 years old.
Jackie Bradford, the President and General Manager of NBC4, announced the news this morning in a statement on the channel's website:
"We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning," she wrote. "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."
"Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever."
For many DC locals, Vance was a nightly staple on their television. The anchor joined NBC4 in 1969, becomming a full-time anchor in 1972.
Vance won 19 emmies for his 45 years of work at NBC4. In May of last year, he announced that he'd been diagnosed with cancer, but intended to work through the treatment.
An actual cause of death has not been announced yet.