OBITUARY: Beloved WAFB anchor Paul Gates passes away at age 69

Beloved WAFB anchor Paul Gates passes away at age 69 - 6 p.m coverage

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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.

The family released the following obituary Monday evening:

On June 21, 2016 at 12:05pm, Paul Douglas Gates departed his earthly life and went home to be with his Father in Heaven.  Paul passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Olla, LA and a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Frankie Alma Bass Gates; his father, Marshall Hardy Gates and his father-in-law, Valfred Amato.

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