Former CBS News VP Lane Venardos dies at 67

By David Falcone,

Emmy-winning former CBS News vice president Lane Venardos died from a heart attack in his home in Maui, Hawaii on Friday.

According to Reuters, Venardos, who was 67 when he died, produced coverage of historic events such as the Persian Gulf War and China’s Tiananmen Square protests.

He is remembered not only for the 13 Emmy's he accumulated, but also for his big personality and sense of humor. The network will greatly miss him.

"Lane was a wonderful and talented man who had a great gift: he had the ability to make everyone around him smile and laugh no matter what the circumstances," CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. "So many of us at CBS News loved him and we will miss him very much."

According to CBS News, Lane also did some documentary work and worked on several reality television programs including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, and The Biggest Loser.

Joe Peyronnin, who worked with Venardos at CBS News for 25 years, said, "Working with him, no matter how difficult the task, was always fun. His energy, his passion and his down-to-earth character were incredibly endearing."



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