Former WJBK-TV anchor Woody Willis. a popular fixture of Detroit TV, has died. He was 73.
Woody was a reporter and anchor here at Fox 2 during the 70s and 80s, Fox 2 reported.
The station reported that he died after a brief illness.
Fox 2's Murray Feldman, who anchored with him, called him a quiet, sensitive man with a quick wit.
Mike O'Neill, a former TV reporter who worked with Willis, posted this on Facebook:
Deeply saddened to learn of the death this past Sunday of Woody Willis. He was diagnosed early this year with a cancer. Woody was an excellent reporter, co-worker while at CH 50, and a wonderful person. RIP.
Others posted comments on his page including:
And a great co-anchor in the late 70's. He could write a tease like no
One else. !! He had more sources than anyone. He taught me a lot. Very sad. RIP
teriffic guy- Very generous to young new reporters! God Bless
One of the sweetest men on the planet and a joy to work with. Rip, woody
Woody's desk was next to mine in the Channel 2 newsroom. A true class act. He was always good for advice about Detroit news and a laugh. RIP.
I loved him so much. Our desks were right next to each other for my last few years at 50. Sweet, gentle man.