Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer at 67

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News "World News Tonight," who said in April he had lung cancer, died Sunday in his New York home at age 67.

ABC reported Jennings died at his apartment in New York City, surrounded by his family.


"Peter died with his family around him without pain and in peace. He knew he had lived a good life," a statement from the family said.

Jennings had reported many of the pivotal events of recent times, including: the Berlin Wall when it was going up and when it came down; the civil rights movement in the U.S. South in the 1960s; and the struggle for equality in South Africa.

Dec. 31, 1999, Jennings anchored ABC's coverage of Millennium Eve, "ABC 2000," live for 25 consecutive hours. Jennings led the network's coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Jennings joined ABC News in 1964, briefly as the anchor of the "ABC Evening News" from 1965 to 1968 and later as a foreign correspondent. He was named foreign desk anchor for "World News Tonight" from 1978 to 1983, and then became anchor and senior editor of "World News Tonight" in 1983 -- a position he held until his death.

Jennings's ABC News coverage won 14 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards.

He was also the author, with Todd Brewster, of the best seller, "The Century."

Jennings is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed and two children.

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