Dax Tejera, executive producer of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” died suddenly on Friday at the age of 37.
ABC News President Kim Goodwin announced “with a heavy heart and great sadness” that Tejera died of a heart attack on Friday evening, according to a note she sent to company staff obtained by Mediate.
He is survived by his wife Veronica and their two young daughters. Goodwin said in the memo that she would share more information in the coming days.
Tejera joined ABC News in 2017 as a senior producer before being promoted to executive producer of Stephanopoulos’ show in February 2020, his Linkedin profile says.
He previously worked for five years at NBC as a researcher, editor and then producer and for four years as an executive producer on “America with Jorge Ramos” on Fusion Media Network.
He graduated from Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in history before attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
His colleagues took to social media to mourn Tejera’s sudden passing and pay tribute to the beloved journalist.
“Sad day for abc. A good friend and revolutionary leader of ABC dies unexpectedly at 37. Dax Tejera, I only have good thoughts my friend”, tweeted Jim Avila, ABC News senior national correspondent.
“Absolutely tragic for ABC and the news industry,” former PKBNEWS chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted.
“Your smile. Your laugh. Your dedication. Your deep love for Veronica and your beautiful daughters. Your pride in your work. The way you watched over the next generation and fought to pave the way for Latinos to come. The way you broke down barriers yourself,” ABC White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega wrote in an Instagram post.
“Dax Tejera, you left too soon. All of you will be missed.
PKBNEWS host SE Cupp also joined the stands, Tweeter: “The worst news. Heartbreaking to lose a friend and colleague @DaxTejera, one of the kindest and brightest lights.