Cancer Type – Lung

Bio – The anchor of World News Tonight went on air to announce to the public he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would be starting aggressive chemotherapy.

Short Story – Known for his journalism on ABC’s “World News Tonight”, Peter Jenning’s passed at the age of 67 after a battle with lung cancer. The nation’s leading cancer killer is difficult to diagnose.

There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common and usually spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer.

Jennings never revealed which type of cancer he fought, however admitted to smoking, quitting for 20 years, and having a relapse after the September 11th attacks.

Diagnosis to his passing was short lived. He started aggressive chemotherapy in the spring of 2005 and lost the fight in August with his family by his side.

Jennings faced his disease with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones.

Thank you Peter for being strong and your commitment to journalism in America.

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BornPeter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, July 29, 1938, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 7, 2005 (aged 67), Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathComplications from lung cancer
NationalityCanadian, American
OccupationTelevision journalist, anchor
Years active1959–2005
Notable credit(s)ABC Evening Report/Peter Jennings with the News (1965–1967), ABC World News Tonight Foreign Desk Anchor (1978–1983), Anchor (1983–2005), ABC News reporter (1964–2005)
Salary$7 million
Spouse(s)Valerie Godsoe (div.), Anoushka Malauf (div.), Kati Marton (m. 1979, div. 1993), Kayce Freed (1997–2005; his death)
ChildrenElizabeth Jennings (born 1979), Christopher Jennings (born 1982)
Parent(s)Charles Jennings, Elizabeth Osborne Jennings