An audio technician for NBC News has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
Larry Edgeworth, a 25-year veteran who worked in an equipment room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, passed away Thursday from coronavirus-related ailments. He was 61.
Edgeworth’s wife, Crystal, told NBC News that her husband suffered from other health issues.
Word of Edgeworth’s death was distributed via an email sent to staff on Friday morning by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.
“As we have heard from medical professionals, those with underlying health concerns are sadly the most vulnerable,” Lack wrote. “Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were.”
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, said, “Larry was a gentle bear of a man, the heart and soul of our extended NBC family. I was always cheered and reassured knowing he was on the team in the field. He always had my back whether here in the U.S. or in the most dangerous situations around the world.”
Edgeworth is survived by his wife and two sons.
“We are doing everything we can to support his family during this very difficult time,” Lack wrote.
Two other NBC News employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, the company notes. This led NBC News to initiate work-from-home requirements at offices and news bureaus across the U.S. This includes Savannah Guthrie, who is using her basement as a makeshift studio in an abundance of caution.