Telemundo 47 anchor Edgardo del Villar has passed away after battling brain cancer.
Over the weekend, NBC New York reported that the journalist passed on Sunday after fighting the disease for over two years.
Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47, said in a statement, “Edgardo del Villar was a talented journalist and gifted storyteller with a smile that lit up the screen. We stood in awe as he fought an incurable disease with remarkable resolve; pushing himself to the limits, returning to the air throughout his treatment and remaining positive and upbeat through it all. He was our inspiration and we loved him.”
Schwarz also offered her condolences to Edgardo’s family, including his mom, siblings, wife Carolina Novoa, and daughter Dana.
In a tribute posted to NBC New York’s website, colleagues remembered Edgardo as a “talented journalist” who would “volunteer to teach computer skills to the less fortunate.”
“He did this out of the public spotlight, driven only by his desire to give back to the community he loved,” the outlet said.
Despite Edgardo’s health, the outlet said the anchor had “an unbreakable resolve to defeat the impossible” and continued to appear on-air amid his treatment.
On Monday, Novoa paid tribute to her husband by sharing touching photos of the two on Instagram.
“You will forever be the kindest, most loving and good human being I have ever known! You were a prince charming! Thanks for the positivity you showed us all! How to forget your last words: ‘baby I love you with all my soul. I will take care of you forever,’” she wrote in Spanish.
Back in August 2019, the television personality revealed the tragic news that doctors found three tumors on his brain and would require surgery.
“I invite you to join in a prayer chain because tomorrow I am undergoing surgery on my brain where they found three tumors that we must remove as soon as possible. Thanks for your support,” he wrote in Spanish.
In May of this year, Edgardo honored his daughter on her 15th birthday, writing, “What a pride and privilege to be your Daddy… I love you so much.”
Our condolences go out to Edgardo’s family and loved ones for their loss.