Alexa Valiente, an ABC News producer who helped her team win an Emmy for coverage of the October 2018 Las Vegas massacre died suddenly at age 27.
A cause of death was not given, but ABC News mentioned she had been “facing health issues for several months.”
She died on Friday.Shocked friends and colleagues on Monday remembered Valiente as enthusiastic, hard-working and passionate about everything from hip-hop to travel.Friends and colleagues will remember her “bright personality and infectious love of life,” ABC News said.
“Always a friendly face in the halls, she had an upbeat spirit, a curious and brilliant mind and a real passion to see the world,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in the network’s tribute.
“She will be deeply missed.”Valiente started at ABC as an intern and was promoted to producer in 2017. She was part of an ABC News team that won an Emmy for a 2018 piece on the Las Vegas shooting, “Las Vegas: Heartbreak and Heroes,” which ran on 20/20.
She had a degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University. She was profiled in a university publication in January.“Emmy-winning ABC News storyteller. Prone to dance battles,” read Valiente’s Twitter profile, under the handle @AlexaCaliente.
Valiente, who lived in New York, is survived by a sister, a brother, and her parents, ABC News said.
Determined to visit a new city each month, Valiente chronicled her journey on Instagram under the moniker @twentysomethingchic, supplemented by the hash tag #jetsetalexa, as was noted by her colleague Peter Travers, host of ABC’s celebrity interview show Popcorn.
“All of us at Popcorn and @ABC News are shattered by the death of our darling Alexa Valiente, who brought her talent, smarts and sense of fun to everything she touched,” he wrote on Facebook. “That she is gone at 27 is just cosmically wrong.”
He called her a woman who “came at life with a humanity that made room for all of us who were lucky enough to fly in her orbit.”