Black NBC staffer dies after testing positive for Coronavirus
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 3/23/2020, 12:25 p.m.
A longtime employee of NBC News died last Thursday after testing positive from the Coronavirus, reports NBC Chairman Andy Lark in an email to NBC staff.
Larry Edgeworth, 61, who was African American and worked in an equipment room at NBC in Rockefeller Center, also suffered from other health issues, according to his wife, Crystal. “As we have heard from medical professionals, those with underlying health concerns are sadly the most vulnerable,” Lark said in the memo.
Edgeworth previously spent 25 years in NBC News working as an audio technician, during which he was well known to many network correspondents with whom he traveled around the world. “Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy wanted by your side no matter where you were,” Lark wrote.
Stacy Brady, NBC Universal’s executive vice president of field and production operations, said “he was known as the ‘gentle giant who would give you the shirt off his back.” Other NBC News employees remembered Edgeworth for his professional demeanor and affability in any circumstance. “Larry was a gentle bear of a man, the heart and soul of our extended NBC family,” Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, said. “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.”