The nine-time Emmy Award winner and a popular anchorwoman Allison Payne has passed away. The news was reported on September 10, which broke all the people’s hearts who were close to her. WGN-TV has also been paying the legendary anchor a tribute and has been mourning her unfortunate demise as well. She was the longtime and former anchor on the said channel. Unexpectedly, Allison died at the mere age of 57. However, people are also wondering about the cause of the death of the woman who inspired a generation of Black women journalists. Here’s everything we know about it.
As per the reports, Allison Payne died on September 1 in Detroit, her hometown. The television station confirmed the death news of the 57-years-old. When the reporter was 25, she got selected at WGN. It was that time in 1990 when Chicago became her home. Meteorologist Tom Skilling paid a video tribute to the deceased and addressed her a young, sharp, and vibrant.
I am heartbroken over the death of Allison Payne. For 21 years she was theee face of @WGNNews for me, a little black girl living in Bolingbrook, IL. My parents moved my bedtime to 9:30p so that I could watch the nightly news with @AllisonPayneTV & Steve Sanders. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ljjyy1PLBr
— Afua S. Owusu (@afuasowusu) September 11, 2021
I’m so sad to report the death of former WGN TV anchor, Allison Payne in her hometown of Detroit.
She co-anchored WGN News for 21 years earning 9 Emmys. Allison suffered a series of health issues although a cause of death has not been released. She was 57. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/Kwu5ax56OG
— DeanRichards (@DeanRichards) September 11, 2021
Tom further said that looking upon her made a person realizes that she was the young journalist having the world before her. She was so incredible that it wasn’t hard to predict the success she is going to achieve in future. Allison was the face of WGN-TV and she reported everything from sports to politics. She wasn’t stuck to a just single thing and loved to cover stories from around the world. Besides, the reporter was also known for her kind and generous personality.
It is coming forward that Payne loved to purchase gifts for her colleagues and would routinely give them. Talking about the same, Allison’s longtime producer, Vicky Baftiri shared that she still has kept the gifts given by Payne safe that includes wallets, Tory Burch purses, and pieces of jewellery. Baftiri added that Allison arranged a makeup artist to beautify her on the baby shower and her wedding day while she even paid the artists and that Allison always wanted to show her gratitude so she routinely bought them gifts.
In 2011, Allison started having issues related to her health that led to WGN and Payne parting in their ways. As of now, the cause of the death of Allison Payne has not been revealed. Though she had revealed her suffering from depression and her alcohol dependency before leaving the news channel. She had also shared that she suffered a series of mini-strokes. It is no doubt that Allison was a beautiful woman inside out. We pay her homage.