Matt Napolitano, an anchor and writer for FOX News Audio, passed away at 33 following a ‘brief illness.’

Napolitano joined FOX in 2015 as a writer for the SiriusXM news channel, “FOX News Headlines 24/7.”

“I’m stunned and so very sad to learn of the death of our @foxnewsradio colleague, @MattNapolitano. He was a great guy & appeared on the show numerous times, typically talking sports. 33 years old. My gosh. My prayers go to his family. Gutwrenching. I can’t believe it. RIP,” Guy Benson wrote.

“Matt is survived by his husband, Ricky, whom he married this past May,” Fox News wrote.

With a heavy heart I have to share that my husband Matt Napolitano passed away yesterday morning. He loved his job and he loved bringing the news to your radios and televisions. An honest journalist who truly cared about facts. You can thank him for the last minute Jets win today,” Ricky said.


Fox News reports:

He also appeared on FOX Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” with the latest sports headlines and worked closely with the team at FOX’s affiliate news service, FOX News Edge, voicing packages for various affiliates.

Matt covered a wide range of sports-related headlines on the FOX Business Network over the last few years, including the Walton family’s plan to purchase the Denver Broncos in 2022, and, most recently, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ achilles injury and potential comeback in late November.

In November, Matt joined FOX Business host Neil Cavuto to discuss MLB’s decision to host the 2025 All-Star Game in Atlanta, following backlash over a set of voting laws in the state.

Matt demonstrated his love for journalism during countless appearances on several FOX programs; with his attention to detail and vast knowledge of sports, he informed FOX audiences of the latest sports news.

Matt also competed on “Jeopardy!” in July 2020, as well as “Wheel of Fortune.”

He was a runner-up on “Jeopardy!” and made it to a bonus round during his stint on “Wheel of Fortune.”

According to the New York Post, Napolitano wasn’t the only network employee to pass away in recent days.

From the New York Post:

Fox News also mourned the passing of Adam Petlin, the cable network’s director of operations at its Chicago bureau.

Petlin, who led the first Fox News camera crew that reported from the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. He was 58 years old.

Scott called Petlin a “natural leader” who was “highly regarded by numerous correspondents and anchors that were fortunate enough to have been on location with him on nearly every major news story of the last 27 years.”

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