Popular TV Reporter and Anchor Woody Willis is Dead at Age 73

July 10, 2014, 9:54 PM

Woody Willis

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:

Murray Feldman:

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

Kevin Dietz

teriffic guy- Very generous to young new reporters! God Bless

Laura Case:

One of the sweetest men on the planet and a joy to work with. Rip, woody

Dan Williams:

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.


Leslie LoBue:

I loved him so much. Our desks were right next to each other for my last few years at 50. Sweet, gentle man.


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