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Chet Curtis, a longtime Boston television news anchor, died at age 74 on Wednesday.
Known as a legend in the world of nightly news, the anchor served New England for over 50 years before his death.
According to Bob Keating at New England Cable News, Curtis died after a long battle against pancreatic cancer, reported the Washington Post.
One of Curtis' daughters informed Keating and the WCVB-TV offices that the newscaster had died on the night of Jan. 22 at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Curtis was a beloved member of the media who primarily appeared on WCVB in a desk news team alongside his wife (and then ex-wife) Natalie Jacobson. Beginning in 1972, the pair known as "Chet and Nat "resonated with viewers and formed a strong following. They even remained popular despite their divorce in 1999.
"Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist. He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB," said Bill Fine, president and general manager of the station, according to the Washington Post.
Many of Curtis' fans are mourning the newscaster on Thursday, and Twitter was flooded with tributes from users.
"Sad to hear the passing of Chet Curtis from WCVB-TV," Denise posted. "Grew up watching him & Natalie."
Michael added, "Heartfelt tribute to Chet Curtis on @WCVB tonight. Reminds me of my grandparents. Always had Chet, Nat, Dickie & Lynchie on."
Another Twitter user, Mary Ann, wrote, "Rest in peace, Chet Curtis… I watched him on TV for many, many years.
Furthermore, one of Curtis' co-workers, Jack Hynes, heaped praises onto the late television personality, according to Boston.com.
"It takes two things to be a good anchor," Hynes explained. "You have to be credible and likable and Chet had both in spades. He had a thing that transmits from the studio to the living room and people locked onto that."