News Anchor Suffers Stroke at Airport on the Way to Father’s Funeral — and Passes Away

Amanda Davis was waiting to board the airplane at the gate while at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. The veteran journalist was on her way to San Antonio to attend the funeral of her father, who passed away earlier this month.

She never made it.

News Anchor Suffers Stroke at Airport on the Way to Father’s Funeral — and Passes Away

Davis — who was an anchorperson on CBS46 WGCL-TV News in Atlanta — suffered what was called a “massive” stroke while at the gate; and she never recovered.

Reports of her untimely demise flooded the airwaves in Atlanta before 10:00 in the evening Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 — which was the same day as the funeral of her father, according to the very last message ever tweeted by Amanda Davis.

Amanda Davis was 62 years old. She is survived by her mother and her daughter.


I normally would not usually post an article with news such as this; but to die while traveling on the way to the funeral of a parent is tragic, in my opinion. One person said that this very sad news was reminiscent of Debbie Reynolds passing away exactly one year ago today on the day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died last year.

The news of the death of Amanda Davis was announced literally minutes after I posted this article pertaining to whether or not you should drink from glasses in your hotel room — and coincidentally, the article contains a video clip from ten years ago which included Amanda Davis as the anchorwoman in that report.

Not surprisingly, the business of reporting news has become more staged with an emphasis on entertainment value. That was definitively apparent to me when I appeared on Today a few years ago. The reporter prepped me prior to the interview, pre-screening my responses to questions she was going to ask — simulating a rehearsal, with which I am experienced as a result of my acting career on the side — and I found that to be disappointing…

…but in my opinion — although I never met her in person — Amanda Davis was a consummate professional who seemed trustworthy whenever she reported on the news and believed that informing her audience was more important than treating the news as though it were entertainment. She was seated at the anchor desk when I first moved to the greater Atlanta metropolitan area and turned to the local news on television for information; and I have always liked her style of reporting and anchoring the news. I will even go so far as to say that she was arguably the best anchorperson in Atlanta since I moved to the area.

I am not going to touch upon some of the trials and tribulations which she suffered in recent years, as I believe that would be disrespectful to her — but one of her crowning achievements as a testament to her heart and soul during her tenure of greater than 31 years in Atlanta alone was her role in the founding of Wednesday’s Child in 1992, which every Wednesday during the evening news features a child or siblings who sought to be adopted in a forever family.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Amanda Davis. May she rest in peace.

Source: The Twitter account of Amanda Davis.

2 thoughts on “News Anchor Suffers Stroke at Airport on the Way to Father’s Funeral — and Passes Away”

  1. Michelle says:

    Sad to hear but why is this on Boarding Area.
    Please don’t lose focus guys. Keep it focused on airlines, news and deals.
    RIP Amanda

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      She was at the airport in Atlanta on her way to the funeral of her father in San Antonio when she suffered from the stroke, Michelle.

      As I wrote in the article, I normally would not consider writing an article like this one — but the mere thought of traveling to a funeral only to die yourself is quite tragic; and I wish that fate on no one…

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