gil noble

On the heels of Curtis' This Week In Black Television post, this sad piece of news was just released:

Some 9 months after suffering a devastating stroke that effectively ended his career, African American Broadcast TV legend, whose career spanned over 50 years, Gil Noble, maybe best known as producer and host of the groundbreaking ABC public affairs program Like It Is (he became host in 1968), has died.

There hasn't been an official statement on the cause of his death.

He was 80 years old, and leaves behind his wife Jean, and their five children.

In addition to hosting the long-running Like It Is, during his career, Noble also produced documentaries on Paul RobesonW. E. B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr.Charlie Parker, and others, and in the process, won numerous awards, including 7 Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and 5 honorary doctorates. 

His family will reportedly announce plans for a funeral service.