Unfortunately, a beloved American weatherman has died.
Jim Ramsey, who worked at America’s WGN Weather Department, tragically passed away at the age of 69.
The beloved weatherman, who was an ex-weatherman, worked on WGN on weekends in Chicago before retiring in 2017.
The channel reported the death of the star and honored his 42-year career in broadcasting. Former colleagues also paid tribute.
It is not clear how the star died. The outlet stated that they would share more information in the evening news segment.
Jim is a University of South Carolina graduate and began his career in 1975.
His life was full of travels as he worked in Virginia, Colorada and North Carolina.
He arrived in Chicago in 1980 to work as a weather reporter and news anchor at ABC’s WLS, and Channel 7.
In 1987, WGN hired a meteorologist to do news reporting and weather forecasting.
This respected weatherman was also the primary backup to Tom Skilling, a fellow meteorologist.
WGN posted a photo of the 69 year-old as a tribute on Twitter.
They wrote: “Jim had a terrific sense of humour, he was always up for a good @WGNMorningNews bit, and was willing to mock himself, like in this late 00’s ‘Rappin Ramsey’ bit.”
As mourners of Jim, the meteorologist they loved, viewers took to social media to share the news.
Bill Snyder, his WGN colleague, stated on Twitter: “Heartbreaking news has just arrived into our newsroom. Long-time WGN colleague, Jim Ramsey has passed away at 69 yrs old.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Jim for 20 years. He was a class act, and we shared many laughs/ stories over the years. RIP Jim.”
Jim’s fellow network meteorologist, Mike Janssen, tweeted: “The @WGNNews family has lost a long time colleague. Jim Ramsey said he was enjoying his time out of a suit, when he visited WGN a year after retirement.”
“Jim was always a pro. I learned a lot while working beside him & enjoyed talking college football & music of the 60s with him.”
Another person was grieved: “Sending my condolences to the WGN family as well as Jim Ramsay’s family and friends. Grew up watching him. RIP.”
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