Veteran Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis has died, according to CBS 46. She was 62. Davis suffered a massive stroke Tuesday night while waiting to board a flight at the Atlanta airport, the station reported. “Her family is asking for privacy at this difficult time,” CBS 46 posted online. “Amanda’s friends and colleagues at CBS 46 are praying for her family.”
The Emmy-award winning journalist joined CBS 46 as a morning in January after spending 26 years at WAGA-TV. Davis retired from WAGA in 2012 following a DUI-related arrest. In 2016, Davis opened up about her battle with alcoholism in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Davis was planning to fly to Texas for her step-father’s funeral when she suffered a stroke, according to CBS. On Sunday, she posted a message on her Facebook about celebrating Christmas after losing a loved one.
“Stay strong, keep praising the Lord,” Davis wrote.
The Emmy-award winning journalist previously spent 26 years at FOX5 Atlanta. In 2013, she retired from the FOX affiliate after a very public DUI arrest. She talked openly about her struggles with alcohol and depression following her third DUI arrest. After taking time off air, Davis joined the CBS affiliate in January. Former colleague and co-anchor at FOX 5, Russ Spencer, took to social media to share his thoughts.
“Amanda Davis has gone to be with God, leaving us — leaving me — shocked and heartbroken by the suddenness of her passing,” Spencer said.