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Connecticut media icon Denise D’Ascenzo passes suddenly

HARTFORD - Connecticut lost a true legend over the weekend.

WFSB anchor Denise D'Ascenzo has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday afternoon.

You can see WFSB's video tribute to D'Ascenzo on their website by clicking here.

D'Ascenzo joined WFSB in 1986 and became the first woman to be inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. She was also elected to the prestigious Silver Circle for her significant contributions to the broadcasting world.

Denise D'Ascenzo and photographer Kevin Galliford / New England Emmys

Governor Lamont made an official statement on the loss:

"As the longest-serving news anchor at a single television station in Connecticut, Denise D’Ascenzo has entered millions of homes in our state for more than thirty years. Through her dedicated work and dependable reporting, she earned the distinction of being a trusted name in journalism, and her reporting most certainly made an impact. The work journalists provide is a vital public service, and through her career, Denise dedicated herself to the people of Connecticut. The news of her passing is incredibly saddening, and I extend my deepest condolences to Denise’s family, friends, and colleagues at WFSB. She is undoubtedly a Connecticut news legend.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal also expressed his condolences:

"Denise D’Ascenzo epitomized competence, class, and integrity. For more than 30 years, she guided Connecticut through tragedy and triumph. We will miss her huge heart, her boundless generosity, and her tireless grace. Connecticut has lost a television legend, invaluable voice, and a dear friend. My heart and thoughts are with her husband, daughter, and her Channel 3 family."

FOX61 extends our condolences to Denise's family, friends, and colleagues.

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