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Out Fox News Journalist Matt Napolitano Is Dead at Age 33

Out Sports Journalist Matt Napolitano's Husband Shares News Of His Tragic Passing

Napolitano's death was announced on social media by his husband of seven months.

Fox News sports journalist Matt Napolitano has died. He was 33.

Napolitano's husband Ricky Whitcomb shared the heartbreaking news of Napolitano's passing in a post on X, formerly Twitter, saying that he “loved his job and he loved bringing the news to your radios and televisions.”

The two had only spent seven months together as a married couple.

Napolitano joined Fox News back in 2015 and operated as a one-person show at Fox News Audio, Adweek reports. He started out as a writer for the media outlet before his skills landed him the promotion to sports reporter, where he appeared on Neil Cavuto’s Coast to Coast covering the latest sports stories.

Whitcomb posted another tweet regarding his husband's death, saying Napolitano “had an autoimmune disease that he was diagnosed with almost 20 years ago and died as the result of an infection.”

In response to some of the online trolls, he concluded the post by saying, “Do not use my husbands death to spread disinformation and blatant mistruths.”

Napolitano, affectionately known as “Matty Naps” to his friends and fans, was often praised for his personality and sense of humor.

Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News, wrote about Napolitano's death in a memo sent to staff, sharing that Napolitano was one of two staffers who lost their lives over the holiday weekend, according to Adweek. The other person who died was Chicago Bureau operations director Adam Petlin, who also died from an illness. He was 58.

Scott spoke highly of both employees, noting that Napolitano’s talents expanded past the newsroom, reminding fans of him becoming a Jeopardy! runner-up and making it to the bonus round of Wheel of Fortune.

“Matt did everything from anchoring to writing and producing for our audio platforms and loved being able to work in the journalism field that he trained for his entire life,” Scott said, Variety reports.

Our condolences go out to the friends, family, and fans who are most affected by this tragic news.

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