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Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:20 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nick Charles, the first sports anchor at CNN and a wonderful boxing announcer, died today from bladder cancer. His wife, Cory, told CNN that Charles died while looking over his landscape in Santa Fe, N.M.

He was 64 years old, and he had known for months that his condition would be fatal. But he was courageous in the face of death, and stories about the video diaries he was preparing for his 5-year-old daughter were uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time (he had told his daughter that he would be going to heaven to prepare a place for her so they can spend together forever).

From an April 2011 Time story on Charles:

The CNN video excerpts a series of messages that Charles has taped for his daughter, so that she'll have something to remember him by as she grows up. In one, he wishes her a happy seventh birthday as his wife of 13 years, Cory, holds the camera.

"My little girl needs a good daddy more than anything right now," he told CNN. "This is a gift from God where I need to build these memories for her, so that I'm not a blur."

Charles said his wife is "as strong as they come" and that she and Giovanna have such a strong foundation and bond with each other that he is "totally at ease" that they will continue to thrive without him.

For now, Charles is coping, fighting through the fear. "My story is to never give up on life," he said.


A fond farewell to one hell of a talent.





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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:51 am
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

My Father had me watching CNN Sports when i was a teenager, and continued to watch till they ended the program 17 years later. Glad to have watched his last boxing match that HBO let him do, didn't miss a beat and so professional. Nick, your fight has ended go rest in peace my friend.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:06 am
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

I remember this guy from back in the day doing sports talk with Fred Hickman and Vince Chilleni(don't know if I spelled his name correctly)when cable/satellite TV was first introduced......RIP.



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 8:18 am
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

In the pre-internet era, CNN was one of the few places a sportsfan could get up to the minute scores, or for that matter, any substantial sports information other than one day late via the newspaper...........Nick, Fred, Van Earl, and Vince provided the sportsfan with this information and did so with knowledge and enthusiasm..............I even called the CNN sports department from Canada one night and Van Earl took my call.........then he was happy to talk sports for 10 minutes till he had to do the sports update "on the 20's"..................Nick knew his sports, really knew his boxing, and thanks for the memories..............



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:55 am
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

This is a sad day for sports fan.  He was one of the BEST.    When Nick was living in Atlanta, he loves eating Thai foods and always goes to Hunan Gourmet Thai/Chinese Restaurant in Sandy Spring once a week, usually Friday night.   I was his personal waiter for many years and a great tipper.  He is one of the nicest person you'll ever meet.  I also personally got to meet his wife and mom at one time.   He'll be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers to his family. 

R.I.P. my good man.

 



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:31 am
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

Condolances and good wishes to the family and friends of Nick Charles.  He will be missed by all of his fans and admirers who enjoyed his TV work for so many years.  May he rest and peace. 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

ESPN sports anchors could learn how to do a sports nightly from Nick and partner Fred Hickman......The games, not themselves.....



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

Why can't there be more people in the world like Nick Charles!   Our society would be a much better place, with prejidice, hate and respect for others, absent from those who grow up in it.     What better example could we have, than Nick Charles.





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