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Former ESPN Anchor Dead At 63 Following Cancer Battle

A general photo of ESPN's set.

A general photo of ESPN’s set.

Alan Massengale, one of ESPN’s earliest anchors, passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with colon cancer, KCBS reported. Massengale was diagnosed more than six years ago, and was placed on life support after suffering a fall that led to a brain bleed.

Massengale was a SportsCenter anchor back in the 80s. He was also the first SC anchor to report live from The Masters, Indianapolis 500 and the Boston Marathon. But his career spanned FOX Sports and Los Angeles TV stations KCBS and KCAL 9 as well.

At KCBS, Massengale served as the first host of CBSLA’s “Sports Central” show, a position he held for a decade. During his time with KCAL 9, he hosted the Los Angeles Lakers pre and postgame shows alongside NBA Hall of Famer, and Laker great, James Worthy.

An avid boxing fan,

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‘Black Widow’ Jeanette Lee, former billiards No. 1, diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer [Video]

Jeanette Lee, a former billiards No. 1 player known as “The Black Widow,” was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer, she said on Wednesday.

Lee, 49, helped popularize pool in the 1990s while competing on ESPN’s broadcasts of the Women’s Professional Billiard Association circuit. She’s a World Games gold medalist as well as WPBA, BCA and Asian Hall of Fame inductee.

“I intend to bring the same resolve I brought to the billiards table to this fight,” Lee said in a statement via the American Poolplayers Association (APA). “Jim Valvano so eloquently told us to ‘Never give up.’ I owe it to my three young daughters to do exactly that.”

Billiards star begins chemotherapy

Lee has already begun chemotherapy and has multiple surgeries upcoming to fight the disease, which has metastasized in her lymph nodes, per a GoFundMe friends set up for her children. The “Jeanette Lee Legacy Fund” is

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