Gwen Ifill, the beloved co-host of PBS NewsHour and decorated journalist, has died at the age of 61, CNN reports.
Michele Norris, a close friend of the journalist, confirmed the news on Monday.
Ifill, who was noticeably absent in coverage leading up to the election, had been battling health issues, according to CNN. She took a leave of absence from NewsHour in May.
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The cause of death is not immediately clear.
Ifill, a veteran in the business, has worked with NBC News, The Washington Post, The New York Times and PBS. She became co-host of NewsHour in 2013 after working on the network's Washington Week In Review for a number of years.
This is a developing story.