Broadcast journalist succumbs to cancer

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Thursday, April 5, 2012


MANILA (2nd update, 3:04 p.m.) -- Broadcast icon Angelo Castro Jr. died Thursday due to lung cancer, a television report said.

He was 67.

Castro was known for anchoring ABS-CBN's “The World Tonight,” an English-language newscast.

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Castro passed away on Thursday afternoon at the Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and was only given three months to live.

He is survived by his wife June Keithly Castro, who is also fighting against breast cancer; his son Diego and a daughter.

Castro started anchoring The World Tonight in 1986 after it went back on air, following the Edsa Revolution, until 1999 when it was moved to ANC, ABS-CBN's news channel.

Castro anchored the show together with Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays.

However, he was forced to take a break due to his illness. He returned to the show in 2011.

ABS-CBN, where Castro served as the senior vice president for news affairs in 2000, sent its condolences to Castro's family and relatives.

It described Castro as an epitome of "professionalism, creativity and passion for perfection."

Malacañang, meanwhile, mourns the passing of Castro.

"For many years he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs," Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said. (Sunnex)

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