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Amanda Davis, veteran Atlanta news anchor, dead at 62 after stroke

29 December 2017, 12:38 | Erma Lawrence

Davis was a Fox5 Atlanta anchor for 26 years before retiring in 2013 following a very public DUI arrest

Davis was a Fox5 Atlanta anchor for 26 years before retiring in 2013 following a very public DUI arrest

Davis, morning news anchor at CBS affiliate WGCL-TV, died Wednesday, a day after suffering a stroke while waiting for a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the station, known locally as CBS46. She was rushed to a hospital and underwent treatment there before she died Wednesday. Amanda was at the airport on her way to San Antonio, where she was headed following the death of her stepfather.

Davis, 62, was an anchor at WGCL-TV for almost a year after spending 26 years at WAGA-TV, the newspaper said.

A statement on the station's website earlier in the evening stated "family is asking for privacy at this hard time". It added that Davis' friends and colleagues at the channel were praying for her family.

In Davis' last tweet on December 20, she thanked her friend Debbie Turman for sending flowers after the death of her father. My thoughts & prayers are w/ her loved ones.

Just last week she shared a photo on Twitter of a bouquet of flowers she had been sent in the wake of her stepfather's death.

The veteran news anchor, who had opened up about her struggles with alcoholism, had posted a message to her Facebook about celebrating Christmas after losing a loved on. Davis was also honored with the Keenan's Kids Foundation Media Award for her work with "Wednesday's Child", a segment on Fox5 dedicated to helping foster children in Atlanta to find families. 'I wanted to believe that there was still a way they could help me control it'. She was later cleared of the charge by a Fulton County judge, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. "She will truly be missed".

Ho also wrote, "Davis was off the air for more than three years when CBS46 gave her another shot a year ago to anchor again". It's uncertain which family member's funeral she had planned to attend.

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