Jessica Savitch – Cause of Death, Date of Death, and More!

Jessica Savitch died at age 36, too young. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding journalist Jessica Savitch's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Remembered for anchoring New York’s weekend edition of NBC Nightly News and for hosting the PBS news program Frontline, she is particularly notable as the first female anchor of a nationally-broadcast weekend news program.

After graduating from Ithaca College in New York, she worked briefly for Houston’s KHOU-TV channel and for New York’s WCBS-AM radio station.

Tragically, she died in her mid-thirties as the result of a single-vehicle car accident that also killed New York Post executive Martin Fischbein.

How did Jessica Savitch die?

The incident caused widespread speculation that she was abusing drugs. Savitch died three weeks later by drowning when a car in which she was a passenger was accidentally driven into a canal during a heavy rainstorm. No drugs and very little alcohol were present in her system at the time of her death.

Information about the death of Jessica Savitch
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death36 years
BirthdayFebruary 1, 1947
Death dateOctober 23, 1983
Place of deathNew Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of burialN/A


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"When for so long you can't get a job for reasons that seem specious, you you finally do have it, you are constantly afraid of losing it."

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"My goal was to be a network correspondent by the time I was 30."

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"Mistakes are not always the result of someone's ineptitude."

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