Host of WHAS "Francene Show" dies


84WHAS Louisville has lost a member of the family. Francene Cucinello passed away on 1/15. Her family released the following statement: “We regret to inform you of the unexpected passing of WHAS Radio personality Francene Cucinello. She suffered a heart attack on Monday, Jan. 11, followed by a brain aneurysm on Wednesday. Francene passed away at 3:15 p.m. today (January 15) at Norton Hospital. She is now in heaven.

Francene was an organ donor and we hope that through her unexpected death she can still continue to bring life to others. Francene loved this community and this community loved Francene. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support Aneurysm Research at any BB&T branch under the title: Francene Fund.

There will be no visitation, but the community is invited to a one-hour celebration of Francene’s life on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Southeast Christian Church. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for respecting their privacy.”

84 WHAS Operations Manager Kelly Carls released the following statement:
“Francene was an energetic force of nature, who combined a reporter’s zeal for digging up the facts with an entertainer’s flair for making them interesting. Through it all, her goal was always singular: bringing the truth to her listeners and fans.

Off the air, she was known as a compassionate friend, a tireless worker for charitable causes, and someone who could always be counted on in a time of need.

Francene’s passing leaves a void in our family and our community. We can take comfort that her legacy will live on in the good works she left behind, and in the many lives she enriched along her journey.”