Famous American broadcaster Barbara Walters has passed away at the age of 93.
In a statement released Saturday, Barbara Walters’ spokeswoman, Cindy Berger, confirmed the death of the broadcaster, who became famous for interviewing VIPs around the world, late Friday.
The statement stated: “Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones, lived her life without regret, and was a pioneer not only for female journalists but for all women.”
Commenting on her death, Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of ABC News, said in a statement that Walters was someone who broke barriers in his distinguished career.
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“Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not only for women in journalism but in journalism itself…she was a one-of-a-kind reporter who conducted many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports icons,” the statement added.
Walters was one of the most prominent female broadcasters who broke into the television industry, which was dominated by men in an earlier period, according to the same statement.
Iger concluded his condolences, saying, “It has been a pleasure working with Barbara as a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly, she was a dear friend. We will all miss her at The Walt Disney Company, and send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jacqueline.”
Barbara Walters joined ABC News in 1976, becoming the first female anchor of an evening news program.
After 3 years, she participated in the program “20/20”, and in 1997 she launched the program “The View”.
During her career spanning 5 decades, Barbara has won 12 Emmy Awards.
Barbara was born in Boston, USA, on September 25, 1929.