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Award-Winning News Anchor Enrique Gratas Dies at 71

First Posted: Oct 09, 2015 02:37 PM EDT

Photo : Cierre de Edición con Enrique Gratas/Facebook

Enrique Gratas, an award-winning journalist known famously for being the face and voice of Univision's news show "Última Hora" for over 10 years, died on Thursday.

"Noticiero con Enrique Gratas" released a statement on their Facebook page announcing the loss of the news anchor.

"With our deepest pain, Estrella TV would like its audience to know that renowned conductor and journalist Enrique Gratas died today (Oct. 8). Enrique Gratas, who is part of the Spanish-language television history of the United States, was at the forefront of the new program 'Cierre de Edición' for the last six years. Our condolences go out to the family of the man of the news. We miss you, our beloved Enrique Gratas," the statement read.

Con profundo dolor, Estrella TV deja saber a su audiencia que el reconocido conductor y periodista Enrique Gratas...

Posted by Cierre de Edición con Enrique Gratas on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Several famous Latinos shared their sadness over the loss. Television host Rául De Molina expressed pain over the loss of his teacher, while journalists Maria Celeste, María Elena Salinas and Myrka Dellanos shared their condolences over the loss of their colleague.

According to People en Español, Gratas released a statement in September informing the public that he suffered from a critical illness, although he did not specify the exact nature of the illness.

"I am going through a very difficult time, very difficult in my life. A sickness in which you have to fight a lot to be able to survive it, but I simply want for everyone to know," the news anchor said.

Gratas, who began his career as a radio host in Argentina in 1966, leaves behind a respectable and successful career, which included interviews with political leaders like George W. Bush and Colin Powell, as well as Yolanda Saldívar, who murdered Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. He also covered major news events like the Watergate scandal.

Gratas worked for both major Spanish-language news networks, Univision and Telemundo.

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