(PatrioticPost.com)- Fox Business and Fox News producer Eric Spinato tragically passed away last weekend following complications from a COVID-19 infection, according to his family.
Spinato was the network’s senior head booker and story editor, and a popular character among guests and colleagues.
Suzanne Scott, the CEO of Fox News Media, issued a joint memo with executive editor Jay Wallace and Fox Business president Lauren Patterson, explaining his sudden passing to colleagues.
“It is with tremendous sadness we write to inform you that our longtime FOX News Media family member and colleague Eric Spinato passed away suddenly over the weekend,” the memo reads.
“Eric was instrumental in growth and entrepreneurial success of both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network and his contributions were immeasurable,” it continued.
Fox confirmed that Spinato has left behind two sons and a girlfriend.
He received an overwhelming response on Twitter from conservative pundits and Republican politicians who knew him personally.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked her followers to “pray for the family of Eric Spinato.”
Please pray for the family of Eric Spinato. This is a sad and tragic loss for the Fox family. I worked with Eric after college, and he was wonderful. Sending prayers. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/T7DwES90qT
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 22, 2021
“This is a sad and tragic loss for the Fox family,” she added, described how she worked with Spinato after leaving college.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas and also a former White House Press Secretary, described how she had worked with him for over a decade.
So sad to hear about Eric Spinato. I’ve worked with him in one way or another for nearly a decade. Always a professional and good to everyone around him. My prayers and condolences to his family. https://t.co/NWSrXasQhV
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 23, 2021
Journalist Harris Faulkner called Spinato a “natural leader.”
Eric Spinato was a natural leader—creative, tenacious and kind… the proverbial high tide that lifted all boats. May his memory be a blessing to his loved ones-The Berlins
— HARRISFAULKNER (@HARRISFAULKNER) March 23, 2021
Dean Spinato, his brother, published a tribute on Instagram calling him his “rock.”
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“COVID took my brother today. He was a gem and one of a kind. I’m so broken and lost for words. This man was an amazing father, brother and friend,” he said.
Spinato first joined Fox back in 1998, and previously worked at CNN and MSNBC before returning to Fox News in 2007.