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Longtime WAFB anchor and investigative reporter Paul Gates passed away peacefully at the age of 69.
Paul joined as a reporter at WAFB in March 1977 and served as the station's 5 p.m. news anchor beginning in 2001. His many investigative reports, titled "Paul Gates Investigates," uncovered corruption, pollution, and wrongdoing across Louisiana.
Paul passed away Tuesday, June 21 at 12:15 p.m. He was surrounded by his family.
Paul's passing has been felt by former coworkers, politicians, friends and viewers alike with several people have releasing statements and posted comments and condolences on social media.
Gov. John Bel Edwards
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards:
Former and current WAFB employees:
Former reporter and weekend anchor Avery Davidson posted the following on Facebook:
Former employee Tim Brando posted several tweets:
He also tweeted "So saddened to hear of his passing our (at the time) locally owned station had the best newsroom filled w/personalities. @WAFB & Paul Gates."
"His humor, his passion and compassion separated him from so many others. Our old News Director Carlton Cremeens always took Pauls advice."
Former sports anchor Victor Howell posted on Twitter:
Howell also tweeted "RIP Paul. Thanks for so many memories & fun times over 10 years in the business & weekends together on-air." and "Paul battled Alzheimer's disease bravely, & was one of THE BEST when it came to being a true, real NEWSMAN. Blessings to his family."
Former reporter Caroline Moses posted on Facebook:
Sylvia Weatherspoon, who was a former reporter at WAFB, tweeted that Paul was "a powerhouse newsman and great mentor."
Viewers also were able to leave their condolences on WAFB's Facebook page: