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Fox News senior VP dies at just 47 years old

By Sarah May
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January 21, 2023

The world of cable news was saddened this week by the unexpected death of Fox News senior vice president Alan Komissaroff at the tragically young age of 47, as the Daily Mail reports.

According to a GoFundMe fundraiser established for the benefit of Komissaroff's children, the network executive suffered a heart attack back on Jan. 8, never regained consciousness, and passed away on Jan. 20.

Tragic loss of husband, father

The online fundraiser provided additional details about what led to Komissaroff's death, indicating that he had been exercising at his home when he stopped to inform his wife that he “wasn't feeling well.”

Though 911 was ultimately called, Komissaroff's heart stopped en route to the hospital, and that is when he fell into the coma from which he was never able to awaken.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Rachael, for over two decades, Komissaroff leaves behind a 17-year-old son, Ben, and 13-year-old daughter, Olivia.

“Alan was the family's rock. He spent decades as a TV producer in New York, he loved his work, but he loved his wife and kids so much more,” the GoFundMe page explained.

Information on the fundraising page indicated that it was always the Fox News executive's wish for his children to go to college, and all donations received will go toward that goal.

Prolific career

At the time of his death, Komissaroff oversaw political news coverage at the cable news giant, including its Election Night broadcasts.

Having been with Fox News since its inception in 1996 in a role that was his first professional job after college, Komissaroff successfully rose through the ranks at the network to reach senior vice president status.

Remarking on the tragic passing, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and news division president Jay Wallace issued a statement that began, “This is an extremely difficult day for all of us who worked closely with Alan, and we are completely heartbroken.”

“Alan was a leader and mentor throughout Fox News Media who was integral to our daily news operations and played an indispensable role in every election cycle,” adding that this past November's midterm results programming “was easily one of the finest nights of special coverage he provided throughout his career.”

The network leaders continued, “And he was the ultimate producer: breaking news, politics, special events, there was no steadier or more trusted colleague to be with in the control room during the most consequential events of our time and his incisiveness and passion for news made our work better.”

Speaking to Komissaroff's varied experience within the network structure, Scott and Wallace added, “He would joke that he was a guy from 'real Brooklyn' and rose through the ranks to become a writer, producer, showrunner and eventually Senior Vice President of News & Politics, overseeing all political coverage.”

On-air personalities pay tribute

The extent to which Komissaroff was loved by his Fox News family was made all the more evident by the sizable contributions made to the online fundraiser by a veritable who's-who of on-air talent, including Sean Hannity, Bill Hemmer, Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Steve Doocy, Tucker Carlson, John Roberts, and a host of others.

Numerous famous faces from the network also took to Twitter to express their professional and personal admiration for their departed colleague and to send condolences to the family he leaves behind.

Special Report host Bret Baier wrote, “Alan, we will miss you dearly and our thoughts are with your family,” and he included a link to the GoFundMe page for those interested in financially helping Komissaroff's wife and children.

Popular Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean tweeted, “Alan was a wonderful man. Loved by everyone. God Bless his family. We are heartbroken.”

Surely echoing the sentiments of countless friends, family and colleagues of Komissaroff, Outnumbered host Harris Faulkner added, “Praying deeply that his wife Rachael and their beautiful children will feel overflowing love and support.”