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CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski says daughter Francesca died of rare cancer

Dec. 25 (UPI) -- CNN political reporter Andrew Kaczynski announced on Twitter Friday the death of his 9-month-old daughter, Francesca.

"We're heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad," Kaczynski said.

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"There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We're so grateful to have known her love. Francesca we love you."

He added: "We're so grateful for everyone's support and kindness. In lieu of flowers, gifts, or food we'd ask people to donate in honor of Francesca to Team Beans in the PMC Winter Cycle, which donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber."

E! News said Kaczynski and his wife -- Wall Street Journal banking reporter Rachel Louise Ensign -- revealed in September that their baby had been diagnosed with an "extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor."

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The child underwent brain surgery and chemotherapy, but developed complications and was put on a ventilator and life support in recent weeks.

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Richard "Dick" Thornburgh, former attorney general of the United States and former governor of Pennsylvania, takes a seat at the witness hearing after U.S. Chief Justice nominee Judge John Roberts testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2005. Thornburgh died on December 31 at age 88. Photo by Yuri Gripas/UPI | License Photo

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